1889 La Banque Jacques Cartier $10 note to be offered

This 1889 $10 note may be the only example of its kind featuring two signatures. It has been graded PMG Very Fine 25.

A possibily unique note from La Banque Jacques Cartier will be offered for auction March 28. The sale, being conducted by The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC), is their first appearance at Nuphilex, being held March 27 to 29 at the Complexe EVO, 420 Sherbrooke West, Montreal. The note is believed to be the only one... Continue reading →

More sizzle than steak in new law

The new Collectible Coin Protection Act, signed into law just before Christmas, promises to give the numismatic community in the United States more powers to fight counterfeit coins and fake third-party holders. Frankly, I’m not that impressed. The new law does back up the already existing Hobby Protection Act, and it is hard to speak... Continue reading →

Convention planning, Big Nickel anniversary marked summer of ’14

The Big Nickel turned 50 in 2014.

The summer saw collectors on both sides of the border preparing for their annual conventions. The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) and the American Numismatic Association (ANA) announced that they had joined forces to promote their two events, with a hands across the border theme. With the two conventions being held just a week apart,... Continue reading →

Protect yourself with good information

While generalizations can be both risky and inaccurate, I would say this has been a good year in numismatics. The bullion market has remained a driving factor, while that market has cooled down a bit, the bottom hasn’t fallen out, and trading remains brisk. The lower values means that the RCM probably won’t have the... Continue reading →

Record sales, major discoveries kick off 2014

Alice Munro recited a passage from The View from Castle Rock at the Royal Canadian Mint’s launch of a silver collector coin celebrating her Nobel Prize in literature.

Silver sales, hoards, discoveries, and record sales were the tale of the first half of 2014. A year which also saw the Royal Canadian Mint continue its meteoric rise to a multi-billion dollar business. Silver prices started the year at $19.71 an ounce, about 36 per cent lower than the start of 2013. Even with... Continue reading →

Economic volatility keeps Mint on its toes

very once in a while, there is talk of selling off the Mint, since the Crown corporation has become pretty good at turning a profit. The talk started back in the mid-’90s, shortly after the federal government sold off the Canadian National Railway Company. The last time the idea was looked at seriously, it was... Continue reading →

Caribou took decades to make it to circulation

The caribou circulating coin has inspired two commemorative issues.

The Caribou 25-cent piece is one of the iconic coins of the Canadian decimal series, having graced that denomination, with few exceptions, since the great coin redesign of 1937. However it has a history going back much longer, to the earliest days of the Royal Canadian Mint. In 1910, just two years after the Mint,... Continue reading →

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