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Volume 50 – #21

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Volume 50#21

January 29 – February 11, 2013

Astronaut Charlie Duke during the Apollo era (left) as well as Duke and NGC Vice-President Miles Standish earlier this year (right).

Mint goes the distance for Arctic expedition centenary

The expedition left Canada’s west coast in August 1913 and quickly encountered trouble. The flagship, Karluk, under the famous Capt. Robert Bartlett, became trapped in ice. The ship was carried west in Siberian waters and eventually crushed with the loss of 11 lives. The survivors trekked over ice to Wrangel Island, a distance of 130 kilometres. Bartlett then travelled hundreds of kilometres across the ice to the Siberian mainland and then returned to Alaska to organize a rescue mission. It was September, 1914 before they were eventually reached. Continue reading →

Features
Mint continues to thrive in money-making business
Page 37

Regulars
Trends
Focus on Modern Decimals
Page 22
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 29
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Editorial
A tale of two monetary systems

By the end of this year, all of our notes will be printed on polymer, and “paper” money will be fast vanishing, the 1-cent coin will be gone, and virtually all of our coins will be less than 15 years old. I can’t think of a time since the days of Queen Victoria when our physical money underwent such a dramatic change. This is bigger than the switch from the large cent, bigger than the introduction of the loonie and toonie, and even bigger than the switch away from silver to base metal. This could be considered an entire recreation of this country’s currency, something that hasn’t happened since before Canada was a nation.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Ted Banning
The World Of Money
Little-known numismatist met untimely end
Page 10
Tony Hine
Canadian Key Dates
Low mintage, two obverses define 1894 ten cents
Page 11

Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
English or American – and did it circulate in Canada?
Page 12
Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
Another look at collecting 50 cents
Page 16

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
$7.1M coin takes a hearty discount
Page 18
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
French colonists had a hand in Canada’s earliest paper money
Page 28

Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
Taz goes for the gold
Page 32
Bret Evans
Ask The Experts
Millennium series coin displays curious ‘bump’
Page 36

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