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Coins of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick help needed

Hi everyone. I was just wondering why in the LOC album (vol. 68), nor in the set registries, the pre-decimal coinage of these two provinces are not included. From what I understand, Nova Scotia produced the 1856 Halfpenny and Penny that, despite having the work "token" on them, had full coin status. New Brunswick also produced the 1854 Halfpenny and Penny that had full coin status.

Am I misunderstanding these issues, or is there some reason why everyone seems to not include these coins in the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick coin sets?

Thanks so much for your help!


  • sylsyl Posts: 885 ✭✭✭

    They were private "bank-type" tokens and not official coinage.

  • JoeLewisJoeLewis Posts: 1,904 ✭✭✭✭

    I believe these were actually approved by the British Colonial Office as official coins, not tokens like all the previous issues. At least, that's what I've read in the "Red Book" of Canadian coins, and other respectable references.

  • JoeLewisJoeLewis Posts: 1,904 ✭✭✭✭

  • sylsyl Posts: 885 ✭✭✭

    Yes, they had full "coinage status", but Nova Scotia retained the Mayflower token image already in unofficial circulation and retained the word "token". LC Wyon did both of the designs. On the reverse of the NB penny and halfpenny, they replaced the word "token" with "currency". I think that they didn't include the "tokens" just to avoid the confusion of some purists at the time. All the coins in the various sets don't start until canada and the Provinces converted to the decimal coinage system rather than the Brit.

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