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Volume 53 – #11

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Volume 53#11

September 8 – September 21, 2015

These British Columbia pattern coins were struck in 1862 amid an urgent need for coinage with which to exchange the gold that was mined during the province’s first gold rush. Today, these coins are worth $2.5 million altogether.

Rare 1862 gilt coins offer glimpse into B.C.’s gold rush

Coin shows are often full of special finds, and the recent RCNA Show and Bourse didn’t disappoint as collectors had an opportunity to view a rare set of 1862 British Columbia pattern coins. The two rare coins were on display at Sandy Campbell’s booth, during the 62nd annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA), held in Halifax, N.S. Campbell, owner of Proof Positive Coins in Baddeck, N.S., has been showing off his jointly owned set of 1862 British Columbia pattern coins, which are worth more than $2.5 million altogether. Continue reading →

Features
Queen to become longest-reigning female monarch
Page 1
Geoffrey Bell Auctions awarded RCNA contract
Page 6
Coin club president shares Second World War link
Page 14
Mint’s latest superhero coins feature many firsts
Page 29
Mint releases Bullion DNA anti-counterfeiting technology
Page 29

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
We all have a role to play in nurturing new collectors

I’m sure that most of you are the same as me; coins and numismatics just seem to pop up in all sorts of conversations. It happened again recently with a few friends who have never, ever, voiced an interest in coins of any sort. That in itself is unusual, because I’m sure 99 out of 100 people have a little plastic bag of interesting coins they hang on to, convinced they have to be worth something. In this case, my friend’s wife suddenly announced they had bought their first coin, the Royal Canadian Mint’s Bugs Bunny issue. Now I know people either love or hate that coin, and I know the entire face value series is controversial.

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By mwalsh
Columns
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
19th-century merchants produced rare countermarks
Page 15
Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Russian series highlights endangered species’ plight
Page 16

Ted Banning
The World Of Money
Quebec collector and druggist’s legacy includes tokens
Page 22
Lewis E. Tauber
Numismatic Collateral
Pin back collectibles carry important messages
Page 26

Jesse Robitaille
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 28
Jesse Robitaille
Numismatic Profile
18-year-old numismatic prodigy, history lover and social but
Page 32

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