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Volume 53 – #01

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Volume 53#01

April 21 – May 4, 2015

Mike Marshall has this counterfeit coin – a “replica” of the Mint’s 2013 Fine silver coin with Venetian glass butterfly, pictured left – in his collection. The genuine 2013 Venetian glass butterfly coin is shown at right. Photo submitted by Mike Marshall

Counterfeit coins cause for concern among Canadian collectors

There’s cause for concern in the coin community over something that has been brewing for decades. Now, with a perfect storm of anonymous markets, advanced “replicating” techniques and shady morals, counterfeit coins are being called a plague on the hobby. Sean Isaacs, of Alliance Coin and Banknote, said counterfeiting is among the most serious issues facing collectors today. “In the olden days, one really had to worry only about good counterfeits of rare coins, as well as crappy counterfeits generally intended to fool tourists or complete novices.” Today, he said, the risk has grown exponentially. Continue reading →

Features
Behind the Shows
Page 1
Rare Canadian historical medals on offer at 53rd annual ONA Convention
Page 1
Colonial Acres (CA) will host its first-ever live public auction on May 22 and 23. The new auction house, dubbed Colonial Acres Auctions, will have “something for everyone,
Page 6
Colonial Acres Auctions first-ever sale this May
Page 9
Coin clubs provide hobby’s social aspect
Page 20
Hobby blooms at year’s first spring show
Page 39

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on RCM Products
Page 10
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 34
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 41
Editorial
Invest in knowledge

Kudos to the Ontario Numismatic Association (ONA) for launching an education symposium at this year’s convention. “It’s a first in our history,” ONA president Robb McPherson told Canadian Coin News. “It’ll cover the numismatics of Niagara between three speakers: Vanessa Collins on security features in Canadian banknotes at 1 p.m.; Bernhard Wilde on the Niagara River Banks at 2 p.m.; and, Scott E. Douglas on the numismatics of Niagara Falls at 3 p.m.”

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By mwalsh
Columns
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Century-old book details Toronto’s early currency
Page 8
Tony Hine
Canadian Key Dates
Fifth commemorative dollar born in 1964
Page 16

Randy Heimpel
Coinnet
These collectors share insight, personal stories online
Page 21
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Halifax Banking Company notes tough to find
Page 26

Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Dead presidents aim to bring life to $1 coins
Page 28
Lewis E. Tauber
Numismatic Collateral
Coins of the World with a bibliophilic surprise
Page 30

Jesse Robitaille
Numismatic Profile
After half a century, this numismatist doesn’t quit
Page 31
John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Internet-boosted phoney clips plague hobby
Page 32

Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
Bounding mini roo
Page 36
Ted Banning
The World of Money
Father and son numismatists ran Belleville foundry
Page 37

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