Habitant Penny - Canada 1837
Bronzed copper coin
Obverse: PROVINCE DU BAS CANADA DEUX SOUS
Standing traditional "habitant" figure wearing a tuque (toque), a long frock coat tied around his waist with a ceinture fléchée (a woollen, woven multicoloured belt) clogs at feet and holding a whip.
Reverse: BANK TOKEN 1837 ONE PENNY
Earliest coat of arms of Montreal in garter - inscribed CONCORDIA SALUS «Salvation through harmony»- and in acer saccharum sugar maple wreaths, QUEBEC BANK on ribbon.
Designed by Jacques Viger, the city's first mayor, and adopted in 1833, the first coat of arms displayed on shield
a saltire with four different charges representative of the four main components of the population:
a thistle for the Scots, a rose for the English, a sprig of clover for the Irish and a beaver for the French Canadian.