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Kudos to the Ontario Numismatic Association (ONA) for launching an education symposium at this year’s convention. “It’s a first in our history,” ONA president Robb McPherson told Canadian Coin News. “It’ll cover the numismatics of Niagara between three speakers: Vanessa Collins on security features in Canadian banknotes at 1 p.m.; Bernhard Wilde on the Niagara River Banks at 2 p.m.; and, Scott E. Douglas on the numismatics of Niagara Falls at 3 p.m.” Continue reading →

Counterfeit coins cause for concern among Canadian collectors

Mike Marshall has this counterfeit coin – a “replica” of the Mint’s 2013 Fine silver coin with Venetian glass butterfly, pictured left – in his collection. The genuine 2013 Venetian glass butterfly coin is shown at right. Photo submitted by Mike Marshall

There’s cause for concern in the coin community over something that has been brewing for decades. Now, with a perfect storm of anonymous markets, advanced “replicating” techniques and shady morals, counterfeit coins are being called a plague on the hobby. Sean Isaacs, of Alliance Coin and Banknote, said counterfeiting is among the most serious issues facing collectors today. “In the olden days, one really had to worry only about good counterfeits of rare coins, as well as crappy counterfeits generally intended to fool tourists or complete novices.” Today, he said, the risk has grown exponentially. Continue reading →

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