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Classic 1822 (i.e. 1834) Lesslie & Sons Twopence Token

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1822 (i.e. 1834) Lesslie & Sons Twopence Token. Copper. 40 mm. Breton-717. Extremely Fine. From the John J. Ford, Jr. collection of Canadian tokens, where I described it as: "Glossy and attractive light brown with a smattering of small contact marks on both sides. A splash of darker toning is present in upper left obverse field, some shallow verdigris around reverse plow, very appealing overall. A sharp specimen of this first token to name its place of origin as Toronto." The Lesslie twopence token holds a legendary place in North American numismatics. It is a famed rarity, though it's not extremely rare in the classic sense -- it's very scarce in general but genuinely rare in nice grade. Its large size has given it an outsized position of prominence, and it has been a classic since the Golden Era of Canadian token collecting in the 19th century. Larger than a silver dollar and struck in a denomination that hadn't been officially coined in copper since the Boulton and Watt cartwheels of 1797, it is an impressive piece in hand. This one is far nicer than normal, both in terms of level of wear (sharpness grade) and its surface quality. Most of these have suffered pretty significant marks, scratches, or worse sorts of damage, but this is a pleasant survivor. Secreted away in the Ford holdings for decades, this was perhaps underappreciated in the sale since, in typical Fordian fashion, JJF owned a few similar ones that he had Hoovered up during his time in the coin business. Aside from the Ford offering, the best example of these to hit a public sale within memory was in a 2007 Canadian auction, where it brought about $1900 USD at the time. This type was struck about 1834 (the 1822 date is that of the Lesslie firm's founding) and clearly circulated well in Upper Canada, today's Ontario, and likely on the US side of the Great Lakes region as well. Even John Ford would tell you it could take decades to find a better one than this.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14006

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1822 (i.e. 1834) Lesslie & Sons Twopence Token. Copper. 40 mm. Breton-717. Extremely Fine. From the John J. Ford, Jr. collection of Canadian tokens, where I described it as: "Glossy and attractive light brown with a smattering of small contact marks on both sides. A splash of darker toning is present in upper left obverse field, some shallow verdigris around reverse plow, very appealing overall. A sharp specimen of this first token to name its place of origin as Toronto." The Lesslie twopence token holds a legendary place in North American numismatics. It is a famed rarity, though it's not extremely rare in the classic sense -- it's very scarce in general but genuinely rare in nice grade. Its large size has given it an outsized position of prominence, and it has been a classic since the Golden Era of Canadian token collecting in the 19th century. Larger than a silver dollar and struck in a denomination that hadn't been officially coined in copper since the Boulton and Watt cartwheels of 1797, it is an impressive piece in hand. This one is far nicer than normal, both in terms of level of wear (sharpness grade) and its surface quality. Most of these have suffered pretty significant marks, scratches, or worse sorts of damage, but this is a pleasant survivor. Secreted away in the Ford holdings for decades, this was perhaps underappreciated in the sale since, in typical Fordian fashion, JJF owned a few similar ones that he had Hoovered up during his time in the coin business. Aside from the Ford offering, the best example of these to hit a public sale within memory was in a 2007 Canadian auction, where it brought about $1900 USD at the time. This type was struck about 1834 (the 1822 date is that of the Lesslie firm's founding) and clearly circulated well in Upper Canada, today's Ontario, and likely on the US side of the Great Lakes region as well. Even John Ford would tell you it could take decades to find a better one than this.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14006

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