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Volume 52 – #14

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Volume 52#14

October 21 – November 3, 2014

The maple family now includes a one-gram issue.

Maplegrams offer small-scale bullion

The Royal Canadian Mint has released a new entry-level bullion coin, the gold maplegram. Introduced on Sept. 24, the one-gram gold coin has the same design as other members of the gold maple leaf (GML) family, but has a face value of just 50 cents. As with other gold maples, it has a purity of .9999. The coins are struck in the same bullion finish of brilliant relief against a parallel lined background. The tiny coins have a diameter of eight mm. There is no mintage limit, as most bullion coins are stuck to meet demand. The size makes the maplegram the smallest Canadian gold coin in terms of diameter, compared to the 25-cent wildlife coins, which are 11 mm across. However the new coins are twice the weight of 25-cent coins, which weighs just half a gram. The result makes the maplegram comparably thicker, approximately 1.4 mm. Continue reading →

Features
Coin Expo hosts celebrated coin designer
Page 1
Sakaguchi collection highlights Torex auction
Page 22
Not a secret society – maybe a boys’ club with a good purpose?
Page 35

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Canadian fifty cents
Page 10
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 37
Editorial
NCLT coins are the key to Mint profits

Ever since the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) started selling gold and silver on the commodities market they have been required to file additional reports. Such reports, intended to inform people buying those popular Exchange Traded Receipts (ETR), are not packed with the sort of detail that collectors would love, such as detailed monthly coin mintages, but it does give us a bit of a sneak peek into what is going on, without having to wait for the annual report.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Stanley Clute
Ancient Money
Earliest coins forged ‘medium of exchange’
Page 8
Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
Grand landscape
Page 18

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
Good friend, lady luck helped forge promising venture
Page 24
Ted Banning
The World of Money
Pioneer historian was also a numismatist
Page 28

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Errors from Hell make an inexpensive diversion
Page 33
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Design similarities help link token to Halifax
Page 34

Carolyn Mullin
Numismatic Profile
Collector unfazed by advent of digital coupons
Page 36
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