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Under the British rule, Pre-Confederation tokens, Bouquet Sous, Habitant Sous, half penny and penny tokens, served as coins until 1867 when Confederation formed the Dominion of Canada which started issuing decimal coins in 1870.
The obverse of these tokens portrays the standing figure of a habitant in winter dress, with his tuque, frock overcoat of homespun with hood, moccasins, sash and whip. It was thought that the figure resembled Louis-Joseph Papineau, a leader of the Rebellion of 1837, and the tokens became known as 'Papineaus.' The habitant design was subsequently revived on tokens issued by the Quebec Bank in 1852, and for several decades bank tokens made up a large part of the small coins in circulation.
Standing figure of a habitant in winter dress.
PROVINCE DU CANADA
A seated female figure of Commerce with a beehive behind at left.
QUEBEC BANK TOKEN