Re: [WarOf1812] coins
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From: "R. Feltoe"
In response to your question on French coinage I thought the following list
of currency used in Upper Canada in "our" period might be of interest.
Interesting stuff! Are we talking in terms of an "Upper Canadian Pound"
here? I notice that in this chart an English shilling is worth 1 shilling
and 1 pence instead of just a shilling, a crown is worth 5 shillings and 6
pence instead of the usual 5 shillings, and a Guinea is worth 1 pound 3
shillings and 4 pence instead of the usual 1 pound and 1 shilling. It's
also interesting to see that these three examples are not consistent with
each other if you do the math. (If a shilling is worth 1 shilling and 1
pence, shouldn't a crown be worth 5 shillings and 5 pence and a Guinea worth
1 pound, 2 shillings and 9 pence?)
BTW, some of the coins from this period are by no means rare or expensive so
carrying a few as part of your impression is an option. I recently paid
$8.00 at a dealer for 3 British pennies: one from 1770, one from 1806 and a
slightly rough one with an illegible date. I want to find more coins just
for the "way cool" factor of having something actually from the period on my
person, but privates were usually poor so I won't be carrying a mint around
Andrew Bateman, 1/41st
- The Royal Canadian Mint has just released its 2012 Silver Proof set to
commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. To check out the design or
order a set, just go to the Royal Canadian Mint website. The reverse has
the image of a First Nations warrior, a Voltigeur, and a British officer.
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