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Volume 52 – #19

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Volume 52#19

December 30 – January 12, 2015

The caribou circulating coin has inspired two commemorative issues.

Caribou took decades to make it to circulation

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, then classed as the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint, started operating, a new Currency Act was passed by Parliament. That law saw a coming of age of the RCM, as it called for the striking of gold coins, a silver dollar as well as the more common dates already being produced. The dollar coin had been kicked around as an idea for some time, and preparations were begun that year for a striking of 1911 silver dollars. Eventually, the decision was scrapped and only a few patterns were produced. Only three are known to collectors today, one silver and one lead pattern are in the National Currency Collection, and a single silver pattern, which is in the hands of a private collector. Continue reading →

Features
Mint selling more coins, but weak bullion demand dents profits
Page 1
Canadian flag $25 for $25 coin part of 2015 four-coin set
Page 26
Canada’s forgotten Mint operated for decades
Page 32

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Maritimes
Page 10
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 33
Editorial
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 determined that the Mint was better off being government-owned. The logic was, and it made a lot of sense, that much of the Crown corporation’s business is a direct or indirect result of being owned by the Government of Canada. Being a national mint gives the RCM sustainability, and many foreign governments would prefer to deal with a mint that answers ultimately to a federal cabinet minister than one driven purely by the winds of profit.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Bret Evans
Book Review
Coins of Canada makes for handy everyday reference
Page 7
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Two interesting sides to every banknote
Page 8

Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Doctored token rim creates variety
Page 9
Ted Banning
The World of Money
19th-century numismatist Breton’s influence still strong
Page 16

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Well-researched catalogues a gold mine for new information
Page 20
Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
A paranoid seller and a picky buyer
Page 21

Lewis E. Tauber
Numismatic Collateral
Every token tells its own story
Page 24
Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
From around the world
Page 28

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