The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) will be selling a “very limited” number of complete sets of its sesquicentennial medal series at the association’s convention in Boucherville, Qué. this July.
Earlier this year, the RCNA invited its member clubs to participate in a joint initiative to produce a series of numismatic medals commemorating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. To support this celebratory initiative, the RCNA commissioned a 38-mm commemorative die for use by its member clubs, each of which completed the medals with a club design on the opposite side. The RCNA commissioned the commemorative die at two private mints in Canada—Pressed Metal Products in Vancouver, B.C. and the Mississauga Mint in Mississauga, Ont.
While the medals’ reverses feature each respective club design, each obverse will depict the official Canada 150 logo created by Ariana Cuvin, of Toronto, Ont. The logo was chosen from more than 300 entries in a nation-wide contest, in which students were invited to submit designs to represent the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
ONLY 50 SETS TO BE PRODUCED
Only 50 complete sets of this sesquicentennial medal series will be produced.
“It’s going to be quite the collectible item to get a hold of,” said RCNA President Henry Nienhuis.
Altogether, 27 RCNA member clubs from across Canada participated in the initiative. In addition to the RCNA, the participants include (italic denotes medals struck by Pressed Metal Products):
- the Atlantic Provinces Numismatic Association;
- l’Association des numismates et des philatélistes de Boucherville (ANPB);
- the Brantford Numismatic Society (BNS);
- the Calgary Numismatic Society;
- the Canadian Association of Token Collectors;
- the Canadian Association of Wooden Money Collectors;
- the Canadian Centennial Collector’s Club (CCCC);
- the Canadian Numismatic Research Society;
- the Edmonton Numismatic Society (ENS);
- the Etobicoke-Mississauga Coin and Collectibles Club (EMCCC);
- the Georgian Bay Coin Club (GBCC);
- the Halifax Regional Coin Club (HRCC);
- the Ingersoll Coin Club (ICC);
- the Lakeshore Coin Club;
- the Montreal Numismatic Association;
- the North York Coin Club (NYCC);
- the Ontario Numismatic Association (ONA);
- the Ottawa Numismatic Society;
- the Polish-Canadian Coin and Stamp Club (Troyak);
- the Saint John Coin Club (SJCC);
- the Scarborough Coin Club (SCC);
- the South Wellington Coin Society;
- the Toronto Coin Club (TCC);
- the Waterloo Coin Society;
- the Windsor Coin Club (WCC); and
- the Victoria Numismatic Society.
Each of the clubs have chosen the specific mintages, metals and pricing structure for their respective medals. The clubs agreed the RCNA could assemble complete sets of the medals—struck in copper—which they would make available at the convention this July.
LOW-MINTAGE FINE SILVER MEDALS
Some of the participating clubs have also chosen to issue a “very limited” mintage in .9999 Fine silver. These clubs include:
- the ANPB;
- the BNS;
- the CCCC;
- the ENS;
- the EMCCC;
- the GBCC;
- the HRCC;
- the ICC;
- the NYCC;
- the ONA;
- the RCNA;
- the SJCC;
- the SCC;
- the TCC; and
- the WCC.
If you are interested in ordering a club-specific medal, contact the club directly. A list of contact information is available on the RCNA website.