Obverse Design The legend "WING TAI LONG & CO" curves along the top. The legend "CENT VALE" curves along the bottom. In the center is a large, plain number 5. All these legends use incuse lettering. The token has a smooth edge without a rim.
Reverse Design The reverse is blank. It has a smooth edge without a rim.
Metal Unknown white metal, possibly nickel. Weight 3.0 grams. Size and Shape Round, 20.5 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Unknown. Probably sometime between 1852 and 1885.
Issurer Wing Tai Long and Company.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Scarce. Manufacturer Unknown. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-300 (photo), Henkle's Colon #48 (photo), Henao's COM 564-1 (photo), Plumer page #10, Rulau's Col 73.
Varieties No other varieties known.
Function Merchant token.
Population Count Six specimens of this token in collector hands are known to me. No recent sales.

This appears to be an early Colon token due to the incuse lettering and blank reverse. The similar A. GROSSO COLON Y CHAGRE may date from 1852 or 1853. That piece has no denomination. DOMINGO VEGA and LUM CHANG LONG & CO. have the "5" above "CENT VALE" like this token. WING CHUNG YUEN is similar but has a beaded edge and a dash between "CENT" and "VALE". JOSE MONTEVERDE has the beaded edge but also uses the cent sign. If these tokens were all by the same manufacturer using increasingly sophisticated designs, then this token may date among the earliest.

Other incuse tokens such as J. DEL C. MEJIA, J. DE LA PENA & CO. and ANTONIO ZUBIETA have a simple reverse design without beads or cent sign. There is also a two-sided example of a A. GROSSO COLON Y CHAGRE. So the manufacturer apparently was able to make double-sided tokens early on. They probably charged more for double-sided tokens, and merchants decided whether or not they wanted to pay the extra charges.

These incuse tokens are mostly from Colon and nearby towns. If the manufacturer of these tokens was based in early Colon, they may have been wiped out by the Great Fire of 1885, the financial crisis following the collapse of the French Canal Company in 1889 or they may have simply closed down when the owner died, moved or retired.