Petols: The Design

 The Petols produced by Petrolia resident Ken Young featured engravings of bicycle transport, farming, windmills, hydropower wheels, a pot leaf, dedicated to “a sustainable society.” They were encircled by the words “economy,” ecology,” and “culture,” which Young considered indispensable for  a self-governing community.

Source: TOPIC: The Silver Currency of Cannabis Country, captured 7/19/2023 at

Petols. Source: Humboldt Area Peoples Archive

According to Laura Cooskey, the design for the front of the coin was inspired by the cover art, also designed by Cooskey, for the book ‘The Origin of the Mattole’ by George Buck Miner. 


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