DescriptionMagdalen Island. Specimen Penny 1815 PR66 Brown NGC, Br-520, LC-1. The obverse is mostly brown, with subtle blue and orange undertones. The reverse is bathed in larger patches of orange, making a very pleasing result. Boldly struck with no significant flaws.
The Magdalen Islands form a small archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, close to Prince Edward Island. The original settlers were French, who hunted the abundant walruses on the islands. Upon being ceded to the British, the islands were administered by Newfoundland until 1774, when they became part of the Province of Quebec. After the Revolutionary War, Sir Isaac Coffin was granted the islands by the British Crown. He arranged with Birmingham coiner, Edward Thomason, to produce penny tokens dated 1815 for use by the islands' inhabitants. Thomason sub-contracted with Thomas Halliday to engrave the dies. This beautiful design has long been very popular with Canadian token collectors.
From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens
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