Innovation is the key to survival

The numismatic market is crowded. This month, for instance, the Royal Canadian Mint has put more than 30 coins into the market, the exact number depends on if you count different variations of the same design. Now, I’m not picking on the RCM, because while they may be more aggressive than some other mints, they... Continue reading →

Hologram coin marks space anniversary

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, from the left, Royal Canadian Mint board member John Bell, astronaut Jeremy Hansen and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Walter Natynczyk unveil a silver collector coin celebrating the 25th anniversary of the CSA at the 2014 International Astronautics Congress in Toronto.

The 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is the subject of a new silver coin, just the second Canadian coin to use an achromatic hologram. The coin, unveiled in early October, shows an image of an unidentified Canadian astronaut floating above the Earth. The astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2,... Continue reading →

NCLT conundrum has a solution

I’m going to be honest, sometimes I shudder when I hear the words legal tender. The reason is because there seems to be a massive disconnect between what legal tender is, and what it actually means. It is subject of an article in this issue. To most members of the public it means that they... Continue reading →

NCLT coins are the key to Mint profits

Ever since the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) started selling gold and silver on the commodities market they have been required to file additional reports. Such reports, intended to inform people buying those popular Exchange Traded Receipts (ETR), are not packed with the sort of detail that collectors would love, such as detailed monthly coin mintages,... Continue reading →

Maplegrams offer small-scale bullion

The maple family now includes a one-gram issue.

The Royal Canadian Mint has released a new entry-level bullion coin, the gold maplegram. Introduced on Sept. 24, the one-gram gold coin has the same design as other members of the gold maple leaf (GML) family, but has a face value of just 50 cents. As with other gold maples, it has a purity of... Continue reading →

Waychison recognized by ANA at opening ceremonies

William Waychison, right, receives the ANA Presidential Award from President Walter Ostromecki, left, at the recent World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. They are surrounded by members of the Canadian numismatic community, including, back from left: Clifford Miesher, France Waychison, Brett Irick, Bill Cross, Dan Gosling and Paul Johnson.

A former past president of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) has received singular recognition by the American Numismatic Association (ANA). A “shocked” William Waychison stood in disbelief on the podium when ANA president Walter Ostromecki made the announcement during the opening ceremonies of the recent World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. Waychison, the immediate... Continue reading →

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