Obverse Design The legend "- CAROLIN -" curves along the top. The legend "SITTON & CASTILLO" curves along the bottom. The legend "BOQUETE" goes across the middle. The token has denticles along the edge and a smooth plain raised edge.
Reverse Design The legend "VALE POR UNA LATA DE CAFE" (GOOD FOR ONE CAN OF COFFEE) starts at the bottom and curves along the top of the token. At the bottom is an ornament that looks like a narrow bow or a dash dot dash. In the center is a large number "1". The number has many horizontal lines going across inside it. The token has denticles along the edge and a smooth plain raised edge.
Metal Brass. Weight Unknown; probably about 6 grams. Size and Shape Round, 28.5 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Between 1910 and 1916; probably about 1915.
Issuer Mair Sittón and José Aníbal Castillo.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Scarce. Manufacturer Unknown, perhaps a firm in the United States. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-82, Conte Porras page #107, Henkle's Chiriqui #35, Rulau's Chq 1.
Varieties None known.
Function Coffee plantation token. The token would be given a worker for filling a "lata" with raw green coffee beans. A "lata" was a metal box about one cubic foot in size. On payday (Saturday) the tokens would be turned in for money.
Population Count Six specimens of this token in collector hands are known to me. No recent sales.

Mair Sittón was born in the land of Palestine, and he arrived in Panama in 1897. Mair Sittón formed a partnership with José Aníbal Castillo, and they engaged in several business ventures together. Sittón and Castillo founded the coffee finca known as Finca "Carolin" sometime before 1910. They sold it in 1916. In 1914 they established a store known as "La Davideña" in the provincial capital of David. "La Davideña" sold clothing, shoes, canned goods, liquors, wines and general merchandise. Some of these goods were imported from the United States and Europe. Over time, the partners added stores in several nearby towns including Boquete. Mair Sittón died in 1966.

Finca "Carolin" was sold by Sittón and Castillo to Joseph MacIntyre in 1916. Joseph MacIntyre did not own it for long, but his letters home convinced his brother A.D. MacIntyre (another coffee grower who issued tokens) to immigrate to Boquete.

Eventually Finca "Carolin" was purchased by Arnulfo Arias and became part of the large Finca Arco Iris, which also issued tokens. So this particular finca played a role in three different sets of tokens.

This token is almost identical to several other Boquete finca tokens such as the Nemesio Ledesma token, the Segundo Díaz token, the Emilio Kant token and the Aurelio Rovira token. It is known that the Ledesma token was manufactured in the United States. Since Sittón and Castillo did business with United States merchants, perhaps they found the token manufacturer in the United States and placed orders for themselves and the other four coffee growers.