Volume 60 – #08

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Volume 60#08

July 19 – August 1, 2022

Some of the medals in the Michael Joffre Collection, offered at auction this April, included original boxes, which were detailed along with all other aspects in each lot description.

Auction results prove medals need no certification

The collecting community continues to debate the growing interest in certifying medals after a generational Canadian collection brought strong results at an April auction. With Canadian medals attracting more interest and higher prices in recent years, some collectors are seeking out pieces certified by third-party grading services, which have long provided increased trust and confidence to the collectible coin market. But while certified coins have remained an industry standard for three decades, some of the hobby’s leading figures question the need for slabbing medals, which they consider pieces of art with vastly different practical uses. “Historical medals are not generic widgets,” said Ottawa dealer Jacob Lipson, who catalogued the Michael Joffre Collection of Canadian Historic Medals, which he called a “once-in-a-generation” offering before it was auctioned in April. “There aren’t thousands of each type that survive across the entire grade spectrum. In fact, medals are rarely supposed to circulate in the same way coins do, so grading them like coins doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Instead of relying on grades and graders, collectors would be better served by drawing on their own experiences or those of a reputable dealer or auction house and making choices based on those experiences.” Continue reading →

Rare Dominion specimens to lead RCNA Auction
Page 1
Klondike-themed bullion coin launched at PDAC 2022
Page 1
NSNS back this fall with about 30 dealers
Page 6
‘Diving Goose’ dollars top auction estimates
Page 9
RCNA book fair to launch several new releases
Page 10

Pick our Brain
Do you have a collecting question?
Page 6
CCN Trends
Focus on RCM Collectibles
Page 16
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 26
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 30
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Don’t forget, these babies got backs
Page 8
Randy Heimpel
Quebec dealers draw eyes with slick sites
Page 12

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
‘‘Planchet flaw,’ ‘mint damage’ overused, misused terms
Page 14
Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Japanese coins mark seven decades of local autonomy
Page 24

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