Canadian collector, former CCN columnist speaks at virtual token conference

Canadian collector Ted Banning, a former CCN columnist, spoke at the recent International Token Web Conference about fraudulent 19th-century tokens from Montréal.

Held virtually on May 22-23, the conference featured six lectures from worldwide token collectors. Banning’s presentation highlighted some of the most notorious counterfeits of Canada’s sought-after post-Confederation tokens.

“Unknown to many collectors,” some of those tokens listed in Pierre-Napoléon Breton’s iconic 1894 catalogue, Illustrated History of Coins and Tokens Relating to Canada, “were known at the time to be outright frauds,” said Banning, who explored their likely perpetrators.

Banning’s CCN column, “The World of Money,” explored Canadian tokens from about 2011-19.

To view Banning’s recent virtual presentation, visit

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