Obverse Design The legend "- LA PANDURA -" curves along the top. The legend "AURELIO ROVIRA" curves along the bottom. The legend "BOQUETE" goes across the middle. The token has denticles along the edge and a smooth plain raised edge.
Reverse Design The legend "VALE POR UNA LATA DE CAFE" (GOOD FOR ONE CAN OF COFFEE) starts at the bottom and curves along the top of the token. At the bottom is an ornament that looks like a narrow bow or a dash dot dash. In the center is a large number "1". The number has many horizontal lines going across inside it. The token has denticles along the edge and a smooth plain raised edge.
Metal Brass. Weight Probably about 6 grams. Size and Shape Round, 28.5 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Unknown, but probably sometime between 1915 and 1927.
Issurer Aurelio Rovira.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Very Rare. Manufacturer Unknown, perhaps a firm in the United States. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-56, Henkle's Chiriqui #38, Plumer page #6, Rulau's Chq 8.
Varieties None known.
Function Coffee plantation token. The token would be given a worker for filling a "lata" with raw green coffee beans. A "lata" was a metal box about one cubic foot in size. On payday the tokens would be turned in for money. In many cases the tokens could also be redeemed at the plantation general store.
Population Count Two of this token in collector hands are known to me. No recent sales.

Aurelio Alvarado Rovira was born in 1858 in Dolega, Panama. His parents were Adolfo Alvarado and Louisa Rovira. He married Calizta González. They moved to Alto Lino and together had 14 children. They lived in a wood house with a dirt floor and thatch roof. Working hard, Aurelio founded coffee finca "La Pandura" and two farms where he raised cattle. Aurelio died in Boquete in 1940.

The town of Boquete is 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.

This token is almost identical to several other Boquete finca tokens such as the Sittón and Castillo token, the Segundo Díaz token, the Emilio Kant token and the Nemesio Ledesma token. It is known that the Ledesma token was manufactured in the United States. Since Sittón and Castillo did business with United States merchants, perhaps they found the token manufacturer in the United States and placed orders for themselves and the other four coffee growers.