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Canada, 1844 Copper Halfpenny 'Bank of Montreal Bank', Big tree- shortnose varietie, GVF/EF

During the first half of the 19th century there was a chronic shortage of small coins in lower Canada. In 1835, following a government decision to remove all the lightweight pieces from circulation, the shortage became acute. No official coins were issued but the Bank of Montreal, the Quebec Bank, the City Bank and La Banque du Peuple were given authority to issue penny and halfpenny token of a weight similar to that of British coins.
Stock no 28752

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