Obverse Design The legend "EL CANAL" curves along the top. In the center is a large "5". The legend "CENTS" curves along immediately under the "5". The legend "RONCALLO Y CA" curves along the bottom. All these legends use incuse lettering. Near the edge is a circle of dashes, also incuse. 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 copper-nickel or silver alloy. Weight 2.9 grams. Size and Shape Round, 20 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Unknown; most likely sometime between 1885 and 1903.
Issurer Roncallo and Company.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Scarce. Manufacturer Unknown. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-255, Eklund #1074 (variety unknown), Henkle's Locality Unknown #24 (photo apparently of blank reverse), Henao's COM 480 (mentions blank variety without assigning separate catalog number), Plumer Page #3, Rulau's CZ 25, Ulex #2241 (variety unknown).
Varieties Known with and without an incuse sunburst counterstamp on the reverse.
Function Merchant token.
Population Count Nine specimens are known to me in collector hands with a blank or undetermined reverse. Most catalog photos are of the ctsp. reverse, as well as all recent sales. So the blank reverse variety is less common. No recent sales.
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