Saskatchewan trade token project goes online

A major project involving Saskatchewan merchant trade tokens has entered its next phase.

Following the death of Cecil Tannahill in 1997, stewardship of his 1967 catalogue – Trade Tokens of Saskatchewan and Their History – was given to Ron Rogal, a decades-long token collector and executive member of the Saskatoon Coin Club. Rogal is working to maintain Tannahill’s catalogue by identifying the tokens discovered after the catalogue’s final printing (believed to have been in the early 1980s) and listing them all online for free.

Fellow club member and webmaster Jim Mackenzie recently received “full approval” to publish a scaled-down version of the catalogue, complete with new discoveries, on the club website. The goal is to list and illustrate every known token design issued by businesses in Saskatchewan and its preceding districts, Assiniboia and the Northwest Territories.

To view the Online Catalogue of Saskatchewan Merchant Trade Tokens, visit bit.ly/3cQhclb.

Anyone who owns a relevant token that’s not listed or illustrated (or is done so with a poor photograph or rubbing) is encouraged to contact Rogal and Mackenzie at info@saskatooncoinclub.ca.

“We want to make this a community project for the benefit of all collectors, which is why we have made access to this catalogue absolutely free and unrestricted.”

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