The coins of the French Regime represent a “fascinating” field of numismatics, one that was vital to the development of our country. This according to Brian Bell, of New Brunswick’s Geoffrey Bell Auctions, official auctioneer of the 2016 Convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA); however, he added, these coins are different from others usually included in Bell’s auction catalogues in that they are not exclusively Canadian. “These pieces were shipped by the King or imported by local merchants for use in New France and were either normal French coinage or colonial coinage issued for use in any of their New World colonies,” he said. “The Richard Cooper Collection offered by Geoffrey Bell Auctions Ltd. presents an extensive offering of French Regime coinage for the upcoming RCNA Sale in Ottawa.” Bell said the first highlight is the “famous” 1670 A (Paris) five sols “Gloriam Regni,” which is a “very difficult coin to locate.” It’s described as “fine, with no discernible adjustment marks” and is destined to be a treasured part of some lucky bidder’s collection. Continue reading →
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The first annual Canadian Numismatic Association convention (now known as the RCNA) was held in 1954 when the association was only four-years-old. It has been held every year ever since. The early conventions were only two days long and featured a bourse, auction and competitive displays. In 1957, however, it was decided to host a three-day convention and in later years, grew to be a four, five and now a six-day event. RCNA conventions have morphed into much more than what they were in the beginning. Current conventions have become meeting places for provincial, regional and national associations such as the Ontario Numismatic Association, The Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors’ Club, the Canadian Paper Money Society, the Canadian Centennial Collectors’ Club and the Canadian Association of Token Collectors. Many of these clubs use the RCNA conventions to hold their annual general meetings, for example.
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