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Volume 54 – #13

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Volume 54#13

October 4 – October 17, 2016

New Mint releases feature uniquely shaped niobium dragonfly

In its September new releases, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched its first coin to feature a uniquely shaped niobium embellishment, which offers an artistic representation of an iridescent dragonfly. The niobium dragonfly adds a bright splash of colour that only enhances the idyllic beauty of its engraved natural environment. Each dragonfly is handcrafted in Canada and painstakingly added onto the engraved reverse for a stunning, multidimensional design and a truly Canadian celebration of nature’s beauty. The reverse design by Emily Damstra features an outstanding amount of details that recreate the effect of sunlight hitting the elements, and are all brought to life through the use of different finishes from the soft ripples on the water’s mirror-like surface to the glistening water droplets on the frosted lily pad! Another September release that is sure to be a scary hit with collectors is the third and final release of the heart pounding Haunted Canada series of coins, featuring some of Canada’s legendary ghost stories. The two image lenticular design brings collectors face-to-face with the ghost of Bell Island. The reverse design uses lenticular technology to masterful effect, recreating an eerie encounter on a dark night. The glow of a hand-held lantern provides the only light for one anxious young man, who is making his way through the marshes near Dobbin’s Gardens. The first image finds the young man nervously looking over his shoulder, as behind him, an ethereal female figure dressed in white appears to hover ove Continue reading →

Features
Riding the rails with Canadian coins
Page 1
Coin Expo sale’s 1901 note ‘grabs your attention’
Page 1
1951 five-cent commemorative design contest: behind the scenes
Page 10
Coin Expo returns to downtown Toronto
Page 18
Author’s new book mines Upper Canada coppers
Page 18
Senior engraver gives ‘inside story’ on minting gold coins
Page 19
Collectors can enhance coin grading and preservation skills, thanks to popular RCNA course
Page 39

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Maritimes coins
Page 12
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 36
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 41
Editorial
Consider numismatic pairings

Like pairing a fine wine with a delectable meal, numismatic items like coins, currency, tokens and medals, can be matched with other collectibles to enhance their appeal, create dazzling exhibits and to add a little extra flair and enjoyment to your collecting life. I happen to have a passion for collecting just about anything. While I admit that numismatics is my number one hobby and first love, I find that collecting other items such as old postcards, old books, old magazines, art and old newspapers (and I’ve only touched the tip of the iceburg here!) is not only satisfying for my soul, but also an interesting way to enhance my coin collection and, in a perfect way, to satiate cravings for all things related to history – especially Canadian history.

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By Jim Szeplaki
Columns
Stanley Clute
Ancient Money
Mint marks take collectors across the empire
Page 9
John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Specialized area of hobby spans 140 years of effort
Page 20

Jeff Fournier
Show Circuit
Video promotion explored at Woodstock’s 27th annual show
Page 24
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Bust and Harp varieties tough yet fun to identify
Page 25

Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Australia marks 50 years of decimal currency
Page 28
Mike Walsh
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 34

Jeff Fournier
Numismatic Fringe
War Museum issues 3 medals with Canadian anniversary themes
Page 35
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