2016 Uncirculated sets contain 2015-dated loon

This 2016 Uncirculated set, which normally retails for $24.95, is selling for up to $300 due to an ‘assembly error’ in which a 2015-dated loonie was packaged instead of a 2016 loon. While confirming the error, the RCM is not disclosing how many error sets have been released on the market.

The $25 error sets realizing up to $300 By Bret Evans Between an error in some Royal Canadian Mint sets, and speculation about this year’s circulating issues, 2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year for collectors of dollar coins. An undisclosed number of 2016 Uncirculated sets, called Proof-Like by collectors, have the 2015-dated loon coin instead of the current date. Errors in Mint sets are not unknown, but are uncommon enough that they are sought after by collectors. According to Todd Sandham, of Colonial Acres Coins in Kitchener, Ont., the error set is currently selling for $150 to $300. The original issue price was $24.95. As an error, the exact number produced is unknown. On Jan. 28, the RCM confirmed the error is genuine and described it as “an assembly error.” Continue reading →

Where are all the young collectors?

By Jeff Fournier I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of our hobby and whenever I start thinking about this subject, I always end up asking myself the question, “Where are the kids?” You’ve all noticed it – the lack of kids who collect coins nowadays and the lack of kids at coins shows, club meetings and so forth. Continue reading →

Pocket Change Radio casting ‘favourable light’ on numismatics

Rick Dupuis is host of Pocket Change Radio broadcast live on 91.3 FM Bluewater Radio in Hanover, Ont. The show airs on Tuesdays.

Rick Dupuis has returned after a short hiatus from the world of radio broadcasting, and he’s bringing numismatics back with him. In recent years, Canadian numismatic radio shows have become a rare offering, but Dupuis, a disc jockey for more than six years, is hoping to change that with his new show Pocket Change Radio, which is broadcast live on 91.3 FM Bluewater Radio in Hanover, Ont. “We do this by sharing experiences and stories in a light-hearted conversational manner,” said Dupuis. “The purpose of the show is to cast a favorable light on the hobby and get into some areas that collectors and dealers alike will find interesting.” Continue reading →

Collecting local materials is a fun challenge

What do you know about the numismatic items that have been produced for your city or town? I’ll bet, not a lot. I would also bet that you would be surprised to find out that there have been several numismatic issues in your area and in the case of cities and towns such as Wildwood (Alta.), Sudbury (Ont.), or Vancouver (B.C.), they may even number in the dozens, hundreds, or like Toronto (Ont.), in the thousands. Wow! Continue reading →

A virtual Canadian numismatic club?

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years over the future of numismatic clubs, societies and associations. We have seen some clubs fold, others near the brink of extinction due to a lack of volunteers, and then there are clubs – like Windsor, Waterloo and Brantford – that are thriving. A recent survey by Canadian Coin News certainly suggests there is opportunity for growth. We asked, “Do you belong to a coin club in Canada?” Of the 86 per cent of respondents who answered the question, a total of 155 (29.75 per cent) said yes. The remaining 366 (70.25 per cent) said no. Wow, what a surprise. Think about it…more than two-thirds of the collectors who responded are not members of a coin club. Continue reading →

Brantford first Canadian club with women in executive roles

Lisa McPherson, left, and Cassidy Stroud are vice-president and president, respectively, of the Brantford Numismatic Society. Photo by Jeff Fournier

While numismatics is often considered a male-dominated hobby, one southern Ontario club is bucking the trend with three women holding key positions on the club’s executive. Earlier this year, Cassidy Stroud became president and Lisa McPherson became vice-president of the Brantford Numismatic Society, a first for Canada. They are joined on the executive by club secretary Lindy Smith. While Louise Graham was president of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) from 1973-75, it is the first time a Canadian club has had women in the top leadership spots at the same time. For Stroud, however, the women power team is not about women taking over, but more about picking the right talent. Continue reading →

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