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Volume 53 – #03

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Volume 53#03

May 19 – June 1, 2015

Some of the best examples of the fake coins Mike Marshall talks about are two silver bullion $5 coins purchased for $1.05 each from a website in China. (Photo courtesy of the Belleville Intelligencer)

No end in sight for counterfeits

As counterfeit coins continue to plague the hobby, some claim the powers that be – including the Royal Canadian Mint, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ministry of Finance – aren’t doing enough to fight back. With no one taking charge and hundreds of counterfeit Canadian coins turning up on online markets every day, collectors – and their valuable, culturally significant investments – are all but forgotten. Continue reading →

Features
Banknote security features working against counterfeiters
Page 1
Henry Nienhuis receives ONA’s highest honour
Page 9
Scott Douglas on the numismatics of Niagara Falls
Page 26
The Numismatists Club of Bas St-Laurent launches historical book
Page 27
Coin program ‘a great way to get the kids hooked’
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
Fakes permeate the market, and these pages

It wasn’t planned this way, but the counterfeit theme is prevalent in this issue of Canadian Coin News. First, there is the last of our special three-part series on counterfeit coins in Canada, which I will discuss a little later. Then, there is the story in our regular “Almost Uncirculated” feature on how police in Israel busted a massive coin-forgery operation.

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By mwalsh
Columns
Lewis E. Tauber
Numismatic Collateral
Discovering Hungary’s numismatic masterpieces
Page 8
John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
U.S. shipments to Canada can be costly
Page 14

Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Chartered notes offer portals into Canadian history
Page 16
Carolyn Mullin
Numismatic Profile
Cultural heritage informs inspired designs
Page 20

Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
Alderney’s VE Day
Page 21
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
The curse of counterfeits in Lower Canada
Page 22

Randy Heimpel
CoinNet
Wiki’s magic puts banknote encyclopedia a click away
Page 24
Bret Evans
Collecting 101
Harrowing flight the cost of acquiring magnificent collectio
Page 27

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