A private mint located on Lasqueti Island, in a
remote area of British Columbia. It's capital and main port is probably Squitty Bay.
Lasqueti Island lies southwest of Texada Island, a short distance across the
Strait of Georgia from Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.
It is approximately 8 km
wide and 22 km long, with an area of 73.56 km2 (28.4 sq mi)
and is traveled
on quiet and unpaved roads. This quaint island, has approximately 350
permanent residents. It is accessible only
by the use of a foot-passenger ferry that departs from the terminal at
French Creek, across the Strait of Georgia to
False Bay in this Island.
Others means to travel is
by private boat or plane.
On the north end of Lasqueti are Scottie Bay and Spring Bay, where there are a cave and eagles'
nests. In Scottie Bay there are clam beaches and a shipyard. The road
through the center of the island passes lakes, a mountain and some bays
before it reaches Squitty Bay boat dock.
The roads are unpaved and the
island has no public transportation. There are no public camp grounds.
Lasqueti is not serviced by B.C. Hydro. Residents live either without
electricity or with alternative sources of power like solar or micro-hydro.
There is very little industry and no bustling economy.
Tolling Jennings, a numismatist, and Ray Lipovsky,
a goldsmith, began minting their own coins on July 5, 1997. At first, the
partners used a 19th century drop-hammer, but have since upgraded their
equipment and production to latest techniques. Every aspect is still done completely
by hand. Their 1,000th coin was minted on March 3rd, 1999.
Their coins can also be purchased
on wholeshow at eclectic.
(LM4) - 1999 China
Cloud/Arbutus Tree 1/2 oz .999Ag 29.7 mm diameter, 2.20mm thickness. The reverse
and obverse design of this coins is artiste by Toni Seaman.
Lasqueti's 1/2 oz reverse design features the junk
"china cloud" designed and built by Allen and Sharie Farrell. Comet Hale-Bopp
and full lunar eclipse. The observe of this coin features a view from
Lasqueti Island from under an Arbutus tree looking to the show capped peaks
of Mt. Arrowsmith across the Georgia strait.
(LM6) - Gabriola
Island 1999 1/2 oz .999Ag 29.7 mm diameter, 2.20mm thickness. The reverse is designed
by Toni Seaman and observe design is artiste by Kathy Dennison Burroughs.
Gabriola Island - otherwise known as
Isle of the Arts - has around 5,000 full time permanent residents and
many more summer residents and visitors. An amazing number of artists live on Gabriola. The environment here
provides a special harmony and energy conducive to the artistic creative
process, be it painting, sculpting or music. If you are an art collector, in
search of a gift for someone special, or a music lover, you will be
surprised, delighted, amused and sometimes shocked by the eclectic diversity
The reverse design of Gabriola
coin is same as the reverse design of Lasqueti coin. The observe design of
featuring the “Dancing
Man” petroglyph with stylized waves including berries and flowers (produced with the support and approval of the Gabriola
Community Arts Council, which sponsors the annual Dancing Man Music
(LM10) - MMI (2001) Lasqueti
- Dory 1/10 oz (3.11gm) .999Au 16.6mm diameter, 1.4mm thickness. This
coin commemorates the legalization of medical Marijuana in Canada on 29th
Lasqueti - Dory 1/10
oz .999Ag 2006
I purchased my the Lasqueti
Islands from R.E. (Ray) Desjardins (email@example.com)
Bonavita, PO Box 11447, Station H, Nepean, Ontario, K2H 7V1, Canada.
Bonavita (a division of Eligi Consultants Inc.) are dealing with different
kinds of Municipal and Chamber of Commerce Trade Tokens. Their home page
seems to be: http://www.eligi.ca/. They
have published their book "A compendium of Canadian Municipal Trade Tokens"
by Serge Pelletier as 1st edition in 2002 on these tokens. However my 1/10
oz .999Ag 2006 dated coin came through Oded Paz. These coins can also be
purchased from J&M Coin & Jewellery Ltd. at: