Alloy recovery program keeps Canadians’ pocket change fresh

Coin sorting machines such as those owned by Coinstar, are at the front line of a program to remove older coins from circulation.

Thanks to a little-known program operated by the Royal Canadian Mint, Canadians may have the newest coins in their pockets at any time since Confederation. Called the alloy recovery program, it is system where older-composition coins are culled out of circulation and replaced with new versions. The old coins are mutilated and then melted for... Continue reading →

Post offices offer an opportunity

On the surface, the term sell-out seems somewhat unambiguous. I mean either you have something or you sold it all, right. Well yes and no. The Royal Canadian Mint retails coins to collectors and wholesales them to dealers and distributors around the world. That means every time a coin is planned, the mintage is sort... Continue reading →

Superman clears the shelves faster than a speeding bullet

Two iconic comic book covers appear on these coins. Superman’s first appearance from 1938, and a classic one from 1972. The superman coins sold out quickly.

The Royal Canadian Mint’s (RCM) new Superman coins turned into super sellers, with the four coins selling out in just days. The coins were unveiled on Aug. 29, at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto by Peter Van Loan, leader of the government in the House of Commons, and Patrick Hadsipantelis, vice-president of marketing and communications... Continue reading →

World Cup memories live on in coins

The World Cup’s colourful mascot, Fuleco, is featured on a $10 coin from Cook Islands.

As the world settles down from World Cup fever, coin collectors will have plenty of souvenirs to remember the 2014 games. FIFA – the sanctioning body for the event – recognizing the success of commemorative coins for events such as the Olympic Games, created its own official numismatic program back in 2004. In recent years,... Continue reading →

More learning, more money 
at upcoming RCNA convention

A 1911 $1,000 in Specimen will be part of the RCNA auction this year.

One of the highlights is the bourse, which with more than 50 tables, is the largest and most prestigious in Canada. However, seasoned collectors know there is much more to the event than just the one room. Over the course of the five days, various organizations plan meetings, including the Newfoundland Enthusiasts, Canadian Association of... Continue reading →

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