Obverse Design The legend "A.D.MACINTYRE" curves along the top. The legend "BOQUETE" curves along the bottom. Dividing the top legend from the bottom legend on either side is a five-point star. The center has a radiant five-point star with a total of 10 rays. There is a circle of beads close to the edge. It has a smooth plain raised edge.
Reverse Design The legend "GOOD FOR" curves along the top. The legend "IN TRADE" curves along the bottom. On the left is a five-point star. In the center is a large "2.5¢". There is a circle of beads close to the edge. The token has a smooth plain raised edge.
Metal Aluminum. Weight Unknown. Size and Shape Round, 24.5 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Unknown, but sometime between 1918 and 1941.
Issurer A.D. MacIntyre.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Rare. Manufacturer Unknown. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-4, Conte Porras page #113 and #114, Henkle's Chiriqui #3, Plumer page #1, Rulau's Chq 7.
Varieties None known.
Function Coffee plantation token.
Population Count Three specimens of this token in collector hands are known to me. Per one source, only 5 sets exist. No recent sales.

Alexander Duncan MacIntyre was born December 7, 1875 in Ontario, Canada. With his brother Joseph, he started a business in fruit trade between Ontario and British Columbia. Alexander MacIntyre moved to Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, where he served as mayor. Starting in 1902, A.D. MacIntyre served two terms in the Canadian parliament.

According to the account in , Alexander's brother Joseph came to Boquete in 1916 and purchased finca "Carolin". In letters home to his brother he raved about Boquete. However, Joseph's wife and children had stayed in Canada and Joseph returned to be with his family. Joseph's letters made such an impression on Alexander that he emigrated to Boquete in 1925. According to the account on the Kotowa Coffee web site, Alexander read an article in 1918 that so impressed him that he moved to Boquete.

In any case, by 1925 Alexander MacIntyre was established in Boquete. That same year he married Ángela Rosas. Alexander established a coffee plantation on the Cristal River. He named the finca "La Carolina". It was about 190 acres in size, and had a small coffee mill as well. Alexander never learned to speak Spanish, but he could understand it quite well and was able to direct his employees. Alexander died of cancer on December 6, 1941.

Alexander and Ángela MacIntyre had two daughters. Their younger daughter Cecilia married Frank Tedman, a coffee grower whose counterstamp is found on some tokens. Their eldest daughter Silvia married Richard Koymer, and their descendents still own and manage the coffee plantation. The plantation is known as Kotowa Estate Palo Alto, and the brand of the coffee is "Kotowa Coffee". "Kotowa" is a Ngobe indian word meaning "Mountain". A.D. MacIntyre's small coffee mill still exists and is kept as a museum by the Koymer family. You can order coffee direct from the Kotowa Coffee web site or sign up for a tour at Coffee Adventures.

Boquete is a town in the mountains of Chiriqui province, where the climate is cooler than at sea-level. Coffee, oranges, flowers and other agricultural products are grown in the region surrounding Boquete.

Drying Coffee in Boquete
Drying Coffee in Boquete
3½x5½ From I.L. Maduro, Jr. Post Card No. 127B. pc35-01