Secord coin makes trek into Canadian pockets

"Honouring the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with this special circulation coin pays tribute to one of our greatest national heroes and reminds us that women and men of all backgrounds played instrumental roles on the road to Confederation,” said Nicholson. “Our government encourages Canadians to take this unprecedented opportunity to learn more about our heroes and history and to take pride in our traditions by collecting this new circulation coin dedicated to War of 1812 hero Laura Secord.” Continue reading →

You’ve got to know enough to study the book

The reason I mention it here is that I was immediately reminded of one of the first things I learned about coin collecting. That old maxim “buy the book before you buy the coin.” In this case the reason the collector found a great rarity was because he knew enough to know what to look for, and wasn’t afraid to act on his knowledge. Established collectors know that, all other things being equal, whoever knows the most makes the best deal. I discovered this early on, when purchasing one of my first Victoria silver crowns. Continue reading →

Expectations exceeded at Torex auction

“The national interest seemed high, and this was reflected especially in the high number of registered Internet and mail bidders,” Marc Verret told Canadian Coin News. “That made for some long and aggressive bidding sessions, which I believe all on hand enjoyed.” Verret said both sessions were a success, with the second session being the strongest of the weekend. “Overall sales exceeded our expectations once again.” Continue reading →

Can’t help getting the warm fuzzies at RCNA convention

While much of coin collecting is about grading, history, the minting process, and the buying and selling of coins to meet a collecting goal, the fellowship that comes from associating with other collectors is a very tangible benefit as well. For one thing, a lot of coin collectors really are fun people who love to hang out and tell a few jokes, while comparing coins. Continue reading →

Faulkner honoured with top numismatic award

Christopher Faulkner was honoured with the J. Douglas Ferguson Award for distinguished service to Canadian numismatics, the highest honour in Canadian numismatics, at the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association annual convention, held July 24-28, in Winnipeg, Man. Faulkner has been active in Canadian numismatics for decades. His first published work on the subject was an article in the Canadian Numismatic Journal in 1961. Continue reading →

Who knew? Circulating coins tiny ambassadors, too

For years, I have been preaching that the best way to attract new collectors is to give them varied pocket change, which they can collect for face value. To me, the reasons are obvious: zero risk, the fun of looking through coins, and the fact that it reaches all Canadians because circulating coins are everywhere. Sure the coins may not be in mint condition, but that only means a prospective collector can actually touch them without worrying about altering a pristine surface. Continue reading →

Nature’s creatures abundant on new issues

The Royal Canadian Mint’s September catalogue includes the corporation’s second barn owl coin. The new coin, the 12th in the Birds of Canada series, is a coloured 25-cent piece showing a bird in full flight in a rural setting. Designed by Trevor Tennant, the coin is struck on cupro-nickel blanks, with a diameter of 35 millimetres. The mintage is 17,500. Continue reading →

Mackennal, Ironside came from different eras of design

Coin designs often have to pass through the hands of bureaucrats and study groups before getting into production, a process that’s not conducive to artistic risks. Modern coin designers have great talent, but I suspect much less artistic freedom than many would like to have. Just once I would like to hear someone tell me how the entire coin design, from conceptualization on, was the work of one mind and one pair of hands. Continue reading →

ANA showgoers were offered special Canadian UNC set

Once again, the Royal Canadian Mint offered a special Uncirculated set at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) summer show and convention, held last month in Chicago. The set, which is similar to those issued in previous years, has a cardboard holder showing a canoe with places for the five-, 10-, and 25-cent coins, as well as the $1 and $2 coins. Continue reading →

Take your hobby on the road

As busy as this seems, it continues to amaze me that many collectors, possibly most, almost never get out to shows. That happens for a number of reasons. Obviously, many collectors outside of central Canada simply do not have access to as many shows. Another reason is that many collectors practice their hobby in private, when they can find time to be alone with their coins. In many cases the only people who know they collect are family members, a few close friends, and a couple of dealers. Continue reading →

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