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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

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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

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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
  • Charlton #: FT9B

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