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Test Tokens







Specifications vary by item.

These are experimental test tokens. The purpose was to loan these tokens out to vending machine companies so they could calibrate their machinery in advance of a new coin being released. Therefore they are the same size and weight as the issued coin but usually with a markedly different design that identifies it as a token. Ideally, these tokens were supposed to be returned to the mint, and to this end a very high deposit is charged to the vending company to ensure their return but some simply never make it back home. These tokens are very rare, in fact few collectors ever see them. And, we believe they have excellent potential for price growth. This is an expanding series, meaning the mint continues to issue these tokens for machine calibrations as new coins are introduced. A recent advent is that the mint has sold its test tokens directly to the collecting public. The first and only issue of the tokens sold this way was the $2.00 test token, which sold out after only a few days of release and has since doubled in price. These tokens do have listings with catalogue numbers in the Charlton Standard Catalogue. No prices are shown because they trade so seldom, and who could price them anyways?

Experimental test tokens used to determine the best composition for longer life of dies. These are much rarer than the tokens given to the vending machine companies to calibrate their machines. Only very small numbers of these tokens exist. They were used to determine the best alloys to create the best possible image with the least amount of pressure. This would allow the dies to produce the maximum number of coins without requiring changing. Dies need to be changed when the engraving starts to be filled with metal from the planchets, or when cracks develop in the die.

Take a look at this series as a good way to broaden the scope of your collection to make it more well rounded and representative of all aspects of the coinage series you collect.

Please note that this catalogue is used as both an ordering tool and the only online reference list of its kind. We do not always have every item available in every grade, nor do we have every older coin or set. However, we tend to have most items available in most grades. Rare or hard to obtain items may not be available. Anything not currently available can be located for you if you request by sending an e-mail, fax, or by calling.

Type Description Price
1965 10 tokens, with RCM  Nickel     50.00   
1965 10 tokens, without RCM  Nickel     50.00   
1965 25 tokens  with portrait of George VI and Elizabeth II     475.00   
1965 25 tokens, with RCM  Nickel     500.00   
1965 25 tokens, without RCM  Nickel     100.00   
1965 25 tokens, without RCM  Copper     1,250.00   
1965 25 tokens, without RCM  Brass     1,250.00   
1965 50 tokens, Bighorn sheep  Bronze planchet 10 issued     3,750.00   
1965 50 tokens. Bighorn sheep  Nickel planchet 10 issued, Reeded Edge     3,995.00   
1965 50 tokens, Bighorn sheep  Nickel planchet, smooth edge, only 1 known, sold in set only   
1965 50 tokens, Bighorn sheep  Brass, only 1 known, sold in set only   
1976 1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round Copper     175.00   
1979 1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  12-sided copper     195.00   
1979 1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round Copper     195.00   
1981 1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  12-sided Copper     350.00   
1981 10 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round Copper     350.00   
1981 5 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round Nickel     295.00   
1981 1 token  French/English, 12-sided copper     200.00   
1985 $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  11-sided nickel and brass     150.00   
1985 $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, Loon-sized, gold-plated on nickel     300.00   
1995 $2 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round bi-metallic     80.00   
Undated 5 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 304, Ei     295.00   
Undated 5 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, A     295.00   
Undated 5 token, with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, S     295.00   
Undated 5 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, =T=     295.00   
Undated 5 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 430     295.00   
Undated 5 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, no marking     295.00   
Undated 10 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 2 grams     295.00   
Undated 10 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 1.8 grams     295.00   
Undated 10 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 5 grams     295.00   
Undated 10 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 1 gram     295.00   
Undated 10 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 430     295.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, bronze, slightly larger and thicker     195.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 4.82 grams     295.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 4.52 grams     295.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 304     295.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, S     295.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, T     295.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, 430     295.00   
Undated 25 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, =T=     295.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, N.B.S.     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, Ni.Pl.Zn.     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, C.Br.     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, SS     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, BR     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, NI     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, AV.PL.NI     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, CU. NI     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, 92/8     445.00   
Undated $1 token with 3 Maple Leaves  Round, nickel dollar size, AL 5454     445.00   
Complete Set of 10 of the above $1 tokens       4,000.00   
1985 Test Token Set  Canoe nickel dollar, 11-sided, set of 3, gold plate on nickel, bronze plate on nickel     550.00   
1999 P-Marked Test Token Set  1, 5, 10, 25, 50, medallion     79.95   
2004 "Poppy" Colourised 25 Test Token Set   1, 5, 10, 25, 25 coloured, $1, $2     79.95   
2006 Pink Ribbon Test Token Set [49.95]  1, 5, 10, 25, 25 coloured, $1, $2  Sold out 
2006 10th Anniversary of the $2 Coin, Proof of Concept Test Token Set [69.95]  2006 $2, 1996-2006 $2, and 3 variant design concepts  Sold out 
2011-2012 Security Circulation Coin and Test Token Set  Cointains 2x $2 test tokens, 2x $1 test tokens, plus uncirculated $1 and $2     29.95   
All prices shown in Canadian Dollars