Long-time numismatist Michael Findlay, owner of Certified Coins of Canada and current president of the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers (CAND), will be returning to his former role of Trends editor. Findlay, a native of Angus, Ont., previously served as editor of Trends in 2009-10. “I missed doing it before, and enjoyed doing it, but it was very difficult to do,” he said, owing his bittersweet dilemma to the high number of shows he attends. “The one thing that helps me now is there are guest Trends editors, so I’ll be involved in talking with them but not solely responsible for coming up with Trends for each issue.” Findlay, who will be responsible for 16 of 26 issues while the rotating guest editors will be responsible for the remaining 10 issues, also recognized the work of outgoing Trends editor Sean Isaacs, who has served Trends since July 2011. “I know exactly what kind of grief he could have when adjusting coin prices, so I want to make sure Sean’s contribution for the last six years is recognized as being extremely valuable to the business,” he added. Continue reading →
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I have been collecting commemorative medals and tokens for a long time – over 40 years, in fact. Back in the heyday of the ‘trade dollar’ I was in the thick of things. That was in the late 1970s and that craze continued until the mid to late 1990s when it began to gradually taper off until it all but disappeared by 2009 or so. Over those years, collectors began to have some rather heated discussions about what these tokens should be called. A trade dollar, according to some, was actually an incorrect term and in fact, often led to confusion with American collectors who had their own definition for that word and their own brand of trade dollars or ‘so-called dollars’. When the trade dollar craze had first begun in Canada, most issues were, indeed, valued at a dollar; but as the years wore on and minting costs rose, communities increasingly began to issue $2, $3, $5 and even higher denomination pieces. So, it came to pass after much back and forth discussion (and nearly fist fights in a few instances), that the generally accepted term for these numismatic items soon became, Municipal Trade Currency, or MTC for short.
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