Halfpenny Sloop Token

Upper Canada


Struck in mirror image, incussed

The Sloop Tokens appear after 1825, some being openly antedated to evade the law of 1825 against private tokens. The law was openly ignored in Upper Canada, who were secure in their relative isolation from the commercial and political center of Lower Canada. At the time, the sloop was the chief means of transportation on the Great Lakes and far more reliable than any form of land transport. Rev. Henry Scadding said this sloop was a portrayal of the packet “Duke of Richmond”, owned by a man named Oates.