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North west company - 1820

North west company - 1820
Source : Bank of Canada


The North West Company was one of the most important companies engaged in the fur trade during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The company began about 1775 as a loose partnership of men from Scottish, French-Canadian and U.S. backgrounds. By 1804 it was a well-organized business offering strong competition to the Hudson's Bay Company. Although the company's base of operations was Montreal, ''Nor'Westers'', such as Alexander MacKenzie, explored and traded as far as the Pacific coast... Read more »

These tokens were probably struck in 1820 in Birmingham, England, by John Walker & Co. for canadian et american markets. Their value is "One Made Beaver." All but one known specimen are holed, and all have been found in the region of the Lower Columbia River and Umpqua River valleys in Oregon. Less than 10 copper variety are known.

It exists several modern reproductions of this rare token.

Text : Token 1820. North West Company.

North west company - 1820 values and prices

Depending on its condition, its scarcity, supply and demand and errors and varieties, the value of a North west company - 1820 varies. Below, the details of the value of the coin according to its grade.

North west company - 1820 circulated tokens1


Varieties AG-3 G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 EF-40 AU-50
Brass -$1,000$3,000$5,000$10,000$15,000$25,000



North west company - 1820 - Brass


  • Issuer: North-West Company
  • Issuing date : 1820
  • Composition : Copper
  • Weight : 10 grams
  • Diameter : 28.5 mm
  • Edge : Engrailed
  • Breton # : 925


  • Issuer: North-West Company
  • Issuing date : 1820
  • Composition : Brass
  • Edge : Engrailed


  1. The value of circulated tokens generally concerns coins with a certain wear due to the circulation. These coins rarely retain their original luster.
  2. The value of a uncirculated tokens generally concerns coins with little wear almost not visible with the eye. These coins generally retain their original luster.
  3. The values displayed on this page are in Canadian dollars.

Last update : Saturday, January 13, 2018

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