Covered Bridge Collection heats up as Spring Toronto Coin Expo approaches

Brian Bell of Geoffrey Bell Auctions holds the coveted set of 1935 banknotes featuring the rare serial number 5.

A set of low serial number banknotes, each with the same “000005” ending, is continuing to garner widespread attention leading up to this year’s Toronto Coin Expo Sales. Discussion about the upcoming sales have reached as far away as Europe, according to Brian Bell, of New Brunswick’s Geoffrey Bell Auctions, the official Coin Expo auctioneer. “We have people telling us upon their return from Germany that the collection was spoken of,” he said. “It’s reached the end buyers, and we’ve been asked for catalogues already. Continue reading →

Coin clubs can learn from RCM marketing techniques

We can all stand to learn a little bit more about marketing. After all, we’re exposed to it every day – on television, radio, Facebook and other forms of social media; in newspapers and magazines; on the clothes we wear, and on any of the name brand products that we consume and wear daily. All of that fancy artwork and packaging on cereals, biscuits, cookies and even frozen veggies is for a purpose – to grab our attention and to ‘help’ us to make the ‘right’ choice. As numismatists, we need to know about marketing to promote our hobby. We need to know about marketing if we want to promote our coin clubs. We need to know about marketing if we want to promote our coin shows. And we need to know about marketing if we want to promote the tokens and medals that we sell or that we issue (club medals and tokens, for example,) for other collectors and the public in general. So we have to stop and take a much closer look at what others are doing to promote their products and to brand their products. And we have to make a connection about how they do that and how we can adopt similar techniques to promote what we want to promote as far as the hobby is concerned. Continue reading →

Canada 150 sure to bring many numismatic joys

There’s no doubt 2017 is going to be an exciting year for us collectors as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. We’re all looking forward to the commemorative coins, medals, medallions, banknotes and much more that will be released over the coming months by the Royal Canadian Mint, Bank of Canada, municipalities, coin clubs and a plethora of other organizations. The hunt, of course, will be on for the rarer pieces that will be released in low mintages, or available only to select individuals and/or organizations. We’re already feeling the excitement, as the Royal Canadian Legion became one of the first major organizations in Canada to release its own commemorative “150 Medal” to its members. Continue reading →

Club looks to grow hobby through numismatic outreach

Kudos to the South Wellington Coin Society for their creative efforts in reaching out to their local community. The club sends me their monthly newsletter, The Wellington Circular, which I read thoroughly to learn what is happening at the club level while also looking for items to share with readers of Canadian Coin News. (This is a great way to help promote your club, so be sure to send me your newsletter to While reading Judy Blackman’s “Editor’s Message,” I learned the club is holding an educational symposium free to the public. “We are looking for folks new to the hobby or on the fence about entering the hobby, and folks who never heard of numismatics and are interested in learning more,” she writes. What a fantastic and inspiring way to reach out to your local community. Continue reading →

New Mint releases feature uniquely shaped niobium dragonfly

In its September new releases, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched its first coin to feature a uniquely shaped niobium embellishment, which offers an artistic representation of an iridescent dragonfly. The niobium dragonfly adds a bright splash of colour that only enhances the idyllic beauty of its engraved natural environment. Each dragonfly is handcrafted in Canada and painstakingly added onto the engraved reverse for a stunning, multidimensional design and a truly Canadian celebration of nature’s beauty. The reverse design by Emily Damstra features an outstanding amount of details that recreate the effect of sunlight hitting the elements, and are all brought to life through the use of different finishes from the soft ripples on the water’s mirror-like surface to the glistening water droplets on the frosted lily pad! Another September release that is sure to be a scary hit with collectors is the third and final release of the heart pounding Haunted Canada series of coins, featuring some of Canada’s legendary ghost stories. The two image lenticular design brings collectors face-to-face with the ghost of Bell Island. The reverse design uses lenticular technology to masterful effect, recreating an eerie encounter on a dark night. The glow of a hand-held lantern provides the only light for one anxious young man, who is making his way through the marshes near Dobbin’s Gardens. The first image finds the young man nervously looking over his shoulder, as behind him, an ethereal female figure dressed in white appears to hover ove Continue reading →

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