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Volume 54 – #19

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Volume 54#19

December 27 – January 9, 2017

Five years ago, Vancouver-based collector and dealer Joe Iorio bought this 1956-dated fantasy coin from the same collector he sold it to in 2006.

Unique fantasy silver coin displayed on Torex bourse

Fantasies abound at the recent Torex Coin Show, held Nov. 19-20 in downtown Toronto. One such fantasy was a 1956-dated silver coin with a denomination of six bits (equivalent to 75 cents) and a design featuring plants of the Aquilegia genus. The coin – believed to be created by an engraver at the Royal Canadian Mint – belongs to Joe Iorio, owner of Vancouver’s J&M Coin & Jewellery. “It’s a unique piece, and it’s something that’s out of the ordinary,” said Iorio, who has nearly 50 years’ experience as a numismatic dealer. “Finding something unique in the numismatic field is quite unusual and something that you cherish.” The long-time dealer has quite the history with this specific piece. Continue reading →

Features
‘Unbelievable’ bidding at 2016 Torex Auction in Toronto
Page 1
CSNS, Windsor club to host Spring Numismatic Seminar in May
Page 6
222-year-old ‘Flowing Hair’ half disme brings U.S. numismatics to Torex
Page 9
Five iconic Canadian women on shortlist for forthcoming banknote
Page 11

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Canadian five cents
Page 12
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 33
Editorial
Looking back in the future

As coin collectors, we are reminded of our past more often than most other people. Every time we look at our collections; every time we pick up another numismatic treasure at a coin show; every time we read articles in Canadian Coin News, on our club Websites, or in any other numismatic publication, we are reminded of the history we can hold in our very own hands. Canadian coins, tokens, medals and banknotes remind us of our country’s storied past. These tiny pieces of art have the ability to catapult us back into the past, with the privilege of having the future – our present – as a reference point for perspective. Those numismatic treasures actually bring history back to life.

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By Jim Szeplaki
Columns
Stanley Clute
Ancient Money
Pennies trace tumultuous times in English history
Page 8
Ted Banning
The World of Money
Instrument-maker was numismatic journal editor
Page 10

Jeff Fournier
Numismatic Fringe
Stratford issues 150 coins, Halifax club marks explosion
Page 21
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Canoe theme the only sure thing on rare token
Page 22

Jeff Fournier
Show Circuit
Shows and dealers help unearth numismatic treasures
Page 24
John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Typos in Trajan publications are real head turners
Page 26

Mike Walsh
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 28
Past Issues
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