1820 Token North West Co, Brass (Regular Strike)

Series: U.S. Colonial Issues

PCGS VF20

PCGS VF20

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PCGS F15

PCGS F15

PCGS F15

PCGS F15

PCGS #:
952
Designer:
N/A
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Mintage:
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Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
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Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 VF35 PCGS grade
2 VF25 PCGS grade
3 VF20 PCGS grade
3 VF20 PCGS grade
5 F12 PCGS grade
5 F12 PCGS grade
5 F12 PCGS grade
5 F12 estimated grade
5 F12 estimated grade
10 VG10 PCGS grade
#1 VF35 PCGS grade
#2 VF25 PCGS grade
#3 VF20 PCGS grade
#3 VF20 PCGS grade
#5 F12 PCGS grade
#5 F12 PCGS grade
#5 F12 PCGS grade
#5 F12 estimated grade
#5 F12 estimated grade
#10 VG10 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

North West Company tokens were issued in 1820 for use in the Pacific Northwest. All but a few examples had holes drilled into them near the top of the token, indicating they were worn as adornments (this theory counters another that says the tokens were exchanged for furs). Most examples that have survived until today are either worn, corroded (sometimes heavily), or both.

North West Company Tokens were made of brass or copper. Some have plain edges, others have a security edge with engrailing, and others have diagonaly reeding around the center of the edge.

These tokens are very scarce and popular, primarily because of the beaver that appears on the reverse. Though not a true Colonial coin (it was issued well after the United States had been formed), they are an important part of American numismatic history.