February 3, 2002
A trade token is generally a small metal, plastic or cardboard coin-like item that is redeemable for a product or service by the business that issued it. Bus tickets or subway tokens are the common modern variety. Most were made of aluminum and produced by companies who made marking devices, badges and key tags. In Canada, they were especially popular in isolated communities where cash was hard to come by. An excellent example of this is the popularity of trade tokens that arose in Québec’s Gatineau Valley region from the late 19th century through the early 20th. This article appeared in Up the Gatineau, Volume 28, 2002, a publication of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society.