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The Spanish-American Dollar

By Library and Archives Canada    |   Monday, 29 March 2004

The British colonial period did not mean an end to the shortage of coinage. The economy was still extremely dependent on the fur trade, and any coins arriving from England immediately found their way back. However, the advent of freer trade between the British colonies and the colonies that came to form the United States of America in the late 18th century provided Canada with an influx of Spanish-American dollars. In Prince Edward Island the colonial authorities punched out the centres of these dollars to make two coins, the rims worth 5 shillings and the centres, 1 shilling.

Prince Edward Island, plug
Prince Edward Island, plug

Prince Edward Island, holey dollar, 8 reales, 1808
Prince Edward Island, holey dollar, 8 reales, 1808

This article represents a portion of the the article titled Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada

Source : Library and Archives Canada

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