Obverse Design The legend "HENRIQUES E. HIJO" curves along the top. This is probably "HENRIQUES AND SON" with a stray dot, rather than a middle initial of "E" and last name of "SON" (HIJO in Spanish). The legend "COLON" curves along the bottom. On either side of "COLON" is a dot. In the center is a large "5 ¢". All these legends use incuse lettering. The token has a smooth edge without a rim.
Reverse Design The reverse side of this token is blank. It has a smooth edge without a rim.
Metal White metal, perhaps silver. Size and Shape Round, 20 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Unknown; most likely sometime between 1885 and 1903.
Issurer Henriques e Hijo. M.D. Henriques was listed as a "General Merchant" in the city of Colon in the Commercial Directory of the American Republics (1897-1898). Perhaps this was the issuer of the token, or his son also mentioned on the token.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Scarce. Manufacturer Unknown. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-174 (photo), Henkle's Colon #27, Henao's COM 244-1 (photo), Plumer page #5, Rulau's Col 41 (photo).
Varieties None known.
Function Merchant token.
Population Count Seven specimens are known to me in collector hands. Recent sales are as follows:
  1. Auction sale on eBay on February 17, 2008 for $350.55 plus $6 shipping.
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