Lot 371: 1820 North West Company Token. Struck in Brass. W-9250 Breen-1083 Very Fine

Early American

August 23, 2014
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US

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Description: North West Company Token
1820 North West Company Token W-9250 Breen-1083
1820 North West Company Token. Struck in Brass. W-9250. Breen-1083. Holed at top as intended. Very Fine.
132.8 gns. This 1820 North West Company Token has details that are superior to most seen, with King George IV's profile Portrait, Beaver, Legends and Date being well-detailed. The lower portion of the reverse is similar in being quite strongly detailed. Holed at top as made for suspension and bundling. The surfaces have a mostly hard dark brown color, with scattered minor pitting and some surface scaling across the King's bust which is very typical of this issue. It has a far better appearance than the vast majority (and there are not that many) of surviving examples. Perhaps the finest known is illustrated on page 74 of the 2011 Red Book, where it is valued at $12,000 in Very Fine condition. Collectors who are familiar with this rare issue will note that this current specimen has an overall quite impressive appearance, which is rarely encountered. An important opportunity to acquire a rather pleasing and highly elusive, North West Company Token.
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