Second 1858 ‘A/A’ variety certified

Regina collector Brent Hancock submitted an 1858-dated 20-cent coin to Canadian Coin Certification Service, which returned it with the ‘A/A’ designation as just the second known example. Photo by Brent Hancock.

A second example of the 1858 “Large A over Small A” variety on that year’s 20-cent coin has been found and certified by Canadian Coin Certification Service (CCCS). Brent Hancock, of Regina, Sask., found the first example of the previously unreported variety in late 2021 (“Regina collector finds new 1858 variety,” CCN Vol. 59 #26, March 29, 2022). Following the publication of his discovery, another collector brought what he believed to be the second example to the Regina Coin Club (RCC) show in April. “The owner allowed me to submit the piece to CCCS for him, and in due course, the coin was returned with the ‘A/A’ designation,” said Hancock, who has since acquired the second example. “I won’t disclose the price as I don’t want to influence costs and continue to hope this will organically happen with a listing once a couple more surface.” Continue reading →

Start your banknote collection today with a simple approach

Stephen Adams, a collector since childhood, serves as the vice-president of the Hamilton Coin Society, the club services chair of the Ontario Numismatic Association and a member of the Canadian Paper Money Society.

You can start your banknote collection today by tracking down the country’s most recent issue, a vertical $10 bill in circulation for four years this November. Banknote collectors (also known as notaphilists) collect according to a large variety of specialties, including by type, by topic or by finding scarce or rare varieties, errors and replacement notes. Each collector decides how to pursue their hobby, and the possibilities are vast, but if you decide to start a collection today, there’s a simple approach. “This is something you could reasonably get at the bank machine to start your collection this afternoon,” said Stephen Adams, a Mohawk College professor and collector since childhood. “It’s easy to get these modern notes at face value.” Continue reading →

Prominence Sale VIII offers 2,400 lots

A 1907 cent in Mint State-66 ‘Red’ is expected to bring at least $2,500 as Lot 467 of the Canadian Numismatic Company’s Prominence Sale VIII.

The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC) will conduct its eighth Prominence Sale, a massive 2,400-lot offering, across seven days this November. The Prominence Sale VIII will span two catalogues and seven sessions from Nov. 12-18. Three major collections with a focus on copper coins, early banknotes, war medals and militaria will be joined by selections from more than 70 other consignors offering tokens, countermarks, world issues, gold coinage and more. “The first three sessions are highlighted by three attractive coin and banknote collections,” said auctioneer Marc Verret, referencing the R & G Collection of Canadian copper coins, the second part of the MC Collection of military medals and Canadian banknotes, and the third portion of the South Shore Collection of early Canadian paper money. Continue reading →

Collector, 8, unearths 1858 large cent along Lake Huron coast

Elliott King, eight, found in the sand along Lake Huron an 1858 large cent, which his grandfather and retired dealer Ross King described as being in Very Good condition.

A recently retired dealer hopes the 1858 large cent his eight-year-old grandson unearthed while hiking along the Lake Huron shoreline will spark a lifelong interest in numismatics. The story harkens back to 1954, when 10-year-old Ross King found a century-old coin while digging in the garden of his family’s farm in rural Egremont Township, about 80 kilometres north of Kitchener in Southwestern Ontario. King pulled up an 1854 Bank of Upper Canada penny, which “ignited a 68-year numismatic adventure,” he said. Ross began focusing on British coins in the late 1970s, running his business for about 40 years before selling his inventory in 2020. He auctioned his collection through an English firm last year. “Perhaps Elliott’s discovery will do the same and encourage him to follow in his grandpa’s footsteps.” Continue reading →

Collectors eye coins, banknotes as QEII dies after 70-year reign

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952 at age 25 before presiding over the Commonwealth of Nations, including Canada, for seven decades. She celebrated her platinum jubilee earlier this year.

Collectors and the general public are vying for numismatic material related to the late Queen Elizabeth II after the long-reigning monarch died on Sept. 8. The queen’s death followed a 70-year, 214-day reign, during which she became Britain’s longest-serving monarch. Her numismatic legacy spans the Commonwealth of Nations, a collection of more than 50 countries, including Canada, which she headed throughout her time on the throne. Her effigy has appeared on at least 33 different worldwide currencies – more than any other monarch – including many billions of Canadian coins and nearly 20 of the country’s banknotes. Her death brings with it a “new era in the history of the Mint and of Canadian numismatics,” according to a recent statement from the Royal Canadian Mint. In the transition to this new age, one in which the late queen’s son and newly named King Charles III will serve as the monarch, dealers have seen an increased demand for queen-related coins and banknotes. Continue reading →

Fall National Show ‘very good’ for dealers, auctioneers

This fall’s National Postage Stamp & Coin Show took place alongside the Ontario Numismatic Association’s 60th anniversary convention in Mississauga, Ont. Nearly 1,000 people came through the doors during the two-day show.

“I had a very good show,” said dealer Gary Miller, the St. Catharines, Ont.-based owner of Londinium Coins, who specializes in medals, ancient and world coins plus Canadian chartered and world paper money. “The attendance was as good as I thought it would be, and sales were brisk. Everyone that I spoke to had a good time, and the auction was very strong for historical medals, which is an area of interest to me.” Continue reading →

Oscar Peterson first Black Canadian on commemorative circulation coin

From left to right: Phyllis Clark, chair of the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) board of directors, Marie Lemay, RCM president and CEO, Chrystia Freeland, deputy prime minister and finance minister, Kelly Peterson, Céline Peterson and Norman Peterson unveil a commemorative $1 circulation coin honouring Oscar Peterson at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto this August.

Late jazz pianist Oscar Peterson has become the first Black Canadian and the first musician honoured on one of the country’s circulation coins. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the $1 commemorative circulation coin, with both coloured and uncoloured varieties, on Aug. 11 at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, which Peterson knew well throughout his more than 60-year career. Called “the man with four hands” by fellow jazz legend Louis Armstrong, Peterson delivered memorable performances and compositions such as Hymn to Freedom, Blues Etude and The Canadiana Suite to audiences around the world before his 2007 death at age 82. The coin began circulating on Aug. 15 to coincide with Peterson’s birthday. “The Mint is passionate about celebrating stories of exceptional Canadians on its coins, and I am delighted that Oscar Peterson, the first Canadian musician to appear on a circulation coin, is being celebrated as one of the world’s most respected and influential jazz artists of all time,” said Mint Master Marie Lemay, the Crown corporation’s president and CEO. “Mr. Peterson’s music and legendary performances have brought joy to millions of music lovers in Canada and around the world and we are proud to honour him, through this coin, for his exceptional contributions to Canadian music and culture.” Continue reading →

Scott Douglas Collection of numismatic literature up for sale

Manitoba bookseller Howard Engel (left) and long-time numismatist Scott Douglas stand before the main stacks of the latter collector’s library, where the duo agreed on the sale of the extensive literature collection on July 16. Submitted photo.

Long-time collector Scott Douglas, whose decades of hobby experience has brought him widespread numismatic acclaim, has begun disposing of his literature collection through Manitoba dealer Howard Engel. Douglas, a celebrated author, researcher and leader in organized numismatics, considers his literature collection “as treasured as any of my numismatic collections,” many of which he has assembled throughout his life. A coin collector since his youth, he began specializing in Canadian tokens and medals in 1992, the same year he dove into organized numismatics. All the while, his hobby endeavours were bolstered by books. “It has taken me many years to put together my library,” said Douglas, who after three decades in organized numismatics plans to retire from many of his leadership roles through 2022. “I learned instantly that if I was to get the most out of my collections, I would need to know as much as I could about them.” Continue reading →

RCM honours Red River Métis with ‘Generations’ $20 coin

From left to right: Carlos Barcenas, the senior director of manufacturing at the Royal Canadian Mint’s Winnipeg facility; Anita Campbell, the finance and human resources minister with the Manitoba Métis Federation; Norman Meade, an elder in residence at the University of Manitoba; Métis politician Dan Vandal, an MP and the federal northern affairs minister; and Métis artist and coin designer Jennine Krauchi unveil a silver collector coin honouring the Red River Métis on Aug. 2.

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued six new coins plus a gold fractional set as part of its August numismatic catalogue. One of the coins, launched on Aug. 2 with the rest of the monthly catalogue, honoured the history of the Red River Métis during an unveiling ceremony at the Mint’s Winnipeg facility. Designed in partnership with the Manitoba Métis Federation, the $20 silver coin – dubbed “Generations” – features Métis beadwork alongside Michif, the official language of the Métis Nation. Its reverse design features beadwork patterns by Manitoba Métis artist Jennine Krauchi, who attended the unveiling. “I have always tried to tell our stories through my beadwork whether it’s a personal story or a broader theme,” said Krauchi, who added her design for the Mint’s new coin explores “a little of the history of the Red River Métis, our struggles and hardships and what we have overcome as a people.” Continue reading →

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