Struck in Birmingham, England for use in the fur trade in the American Pacific Northwest, the 1820 North West Company Token is a scarce type that is usually always seen with some degree of surface porosity or corrosion. Examples that were actually used in trade--most of the known pieces, in fact--are also holed for suspension from a cord. Such is the case with the present example, a scarcer copper piece with overall dark, rough surfaces. Lighter pinkish-red tinting is also evident in isolated areas, suggesting that some of the heavier surface buildup was removed to improve the appearance of this piece. A rare offering for the specialist.