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    1820 North West Company Token, VF20
    Brass, W-9250

    1820 TOKEN North West Company Token, Brass, VF20 NGC. Breen-1083, W-9250, R.4. The brass planchet is toned a deep olive-green hue, with areas of deeper color and granularity from environmental exposure. These pieces were holed at 12 o'clock and used in trade with native North Americans in the Pacific Northwest. The beaver motif on the reverse likely allowed these tokens to trade on par with beaver pelts in the valleys of the Columbia River, in what is now Washington state, and the Umpqua river of the Oregon Territory -- the regions where many survivors have been found. This is a typical example of the issue, showing generally pleasing visual appeal with even wear. Listed on page 80 of the 2021 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B6H, PCGS# 952)


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