Obverse Design The legend "B.B. BRYAN CULEBRA" curves along the top. In the center is a large "5". The legend "CENT-VALE" curves along the bottom ("vale" means "value" in English). All these legends use incuse lettering. Near the edge is a circle of dashes. The token has a smooth edge without a rim.
Reverse Design The reverse side of this token is blank. It has a smooth edge without a rim.
Metal White metal, perhaps copper-nickel or silver alloy. Weight Probably about 3 grams. Size and Shape Round, 20 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Unknown; most likely sometime between 1851 and 1885.
Issurer B.B. Bryan.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Scarce. Manufacturer Unknown. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-57, Eklund #1028, Henkle's Canal Zone #35, Henao's COM 056-1, Plumer page #2, Rulau's CZ 9, Schimmel #35.
Varieties None known.
Function Merchant token.
Population Count Six specimens are known to me in collector hands. Recent sales are as follows:
  1. Auction sale on eBay on November 27, 2006 for $260 plus $3 shipping.
  2. Auction sale by Jerry Schimmel in June 1990 for just over $80 (expensive for the time!).
Notas Históricas

B.B. Bryan era el dueño de algún establecimiento de comercio en Culebra, uno de los "pueblos de La Linea" del ferrocarril de Panamá.