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Volume 54 – #04

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Volume 54#04

May 31 – June 13, 2016

Lot 502 features an 1899 50-cent coin graded AU-55 by ICCS. ‘A true gem in the grade!,’ states the catalogue.

‘Good deals to be had’ at Colonial Acres’ spring sale

Collectors of all kinds can continue completing their collections at Colonial Acres’ Spring Numismatic Auction, slated to take place this May 27-28 in Kitchener, Ont. With most starting bids listed at about 50 per cent of their respective Trends valuations, Kirk Parsons, Colonial Acres co-owner, said there’s a lot of affordable material on offer at the upcoming 1,020-lot sale. “The highlights are definitely the material that doesn’t hit the market every day, and serious collectors trying to fill the last missing pieces of their collections may find something here that isn’t available for sale too often,” said Parsons. “But the auction also has modern material that the everyday collector can afford. There are good deals to be had.” Continue reading →

Features
RCM releases world’s first five-ounce silver coin with murano glass
Page 1
Bank study says kill the nickel
Page 1
Collecting convention medals a challenging pleasure
Page 17
Winnipeg paved the way for the modern Mint
Page 27
Toronto Coin Expo a multi-faceted show
Page 28
Tokens take top spot at Coin Expo Spring Sale
Page 29
Ship coins from around the world
Page 32

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Canadian large and small cents
Page 10
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 33
Editorial
The nickel is running out of time, and relevance

The recent Desjardins report does not mean the immediate end of the nickel, but it certainly is an indicator of what lies ahead. We can’t forget that the first sign the humble penny was on the way out was a similar report from the same organization. The Royal Canadian Mint doesn’t have to follow Desjardins’ suggestions, but they certainly pay attention. There is no doubt that, having gone through the experience of eliminating the cent, Canadians would not kick up much fuss about losing the nickel. We have come to accept that rounding off doesn’t really cost us money in the long run, and we didn’t see a noticeable increase in any costs. There is also no doubt that our current smallest value coin has very little purchasing power.

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By Jim Szeplaki
Columns
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Rare ‘token’ was likely never used as such
Page 16
Tony Hine
Canadian Key Dates
First Edward VII 5-cent struck in London, Birmingham
Page 21

Lewis E. Tauber
Numismatic Collateral
U.S. producer offers the currency of the Apocalypse
Page 22
Mike Walsh
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 24

Jeff Fournier
Show Circuit
Brampton and Pickering shows end full weekend
Page 26
Past Issues
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