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 Has an off-center incuse radiant sunburst counterstamp with twelve rays. 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-256 (photo), Eklund #1074 (variety unknown), Henao's COM 480-1 (photo), Rulau's CZ 26, Ulex #2241 (variety unknown).
Varieties Known with and without an incuse sunburst counterstamp on the reverse.
Function Merchant token.
Population Count Fourteen specimens are known to me in collector hands with a radiant ctsp. or undetermined reverse. Recent sales include:
  1. Auction sale on eBay on March 2, 2007 for $449.00 plus $2.50 shipping.
  2. Auction sale on eBay on July 24, 2005 for $82.81 plus $1 shipping.