RCNA educational symposium offering wide range of topics

A staple of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention will make a comeback this July as the in-person gathering returns to Ottawa following a two-year pandemic hiatus. With 12 presentations over two days, the RCNA’s 2022 educational symposium is expected to regain its pre-pandemic form at the upcoming convention, slated for July 20-24 (“RCNA Convention returns this summer in Ottawa,” CCN Vol. 60 #5, June 7, 2022). It comes after a scaled-down online symposium at last year’s virtual RCNA Convention and an outright cancellation in 2020 – all due to COVID-19. “I think it’s going to be great to have the whole convention back in person, and the educational symposium is a big part of it,” said RCNA Convention Committee Chair James Williston, of Calgary, Alta. “They’re always well attended, they’re always interesting, and everyone learns a lot about all the different subjects being presented.” Continue reading →

Second World War medals to lead June auction

Five medals named to Toronto-born Second World War flight sergeant William Hugh Magill, of the ‘Bison Squadron,’ are expected to bring $6,000 at a June 12 auction hosted by Colonial Acres.

A group of five Second World War medals, including the prestigious Distinguished Flying Medal, will cross the block during a June auction in Kitchener, Ont. Instituted for the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth in 1918 and discontinued in 1993, the medal recognized “an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy,” according to the Veterans Affairs Canada website. Canadian troops received 556 Distinguished Flying Medals while another 136 medals were awarded to other Commonwealth personnel serving in Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) squadrons. Among those recipients was Flight Sgt. William Hugh Magill, of the RCAF’s 429 Squadron (also known as the Bison Squadron). Born in Toronto in July 1925, Magill worked in munitions production before enlisting in the military at age 18 in 1943. Promoted to sergeant a year later, he participated in at least 15 attacks on enemy targets, most of which were against heavily defended targets in the Ruhr, the heart of Nazi Germany’s heavy industry. Continue reading →

RCNA Convention to return this summer in Ottawa

As part of this summer’s Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention, the Royal Canadian Mint will send designers, engravers and other technicians to the bourse. At the 2019 convention in Calgary, artist Michelle Grant (shown) was on hand to promote the Calgary Stampede coin she designed.

With just two months until the show opens, collectors are gearing up for the first in-person convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) since 2019. For the eighth time in its 72-year history, the RCNA will hold its annual gathering in Ottawa, which played host to past conventions in 2016, 2008, 2000, 1976, 1967, 1958 and 1955. The association was forced to cancel its in-person conventions in both 2020 and 2021, although a virtual event was held last year. “Planning is going well, but it’s been a real challenge as we’ve come out of the two-year COVID hiatus,” said RCNA President Steve Woodland, who’s also the general chair of the show’s organizing committee. “The real challenge has been finding tours and visits. With Ottawa being a COVID hotspot, people just weren’t ready to commit and say exactly what was going to be available this summer.” Continue reading →

Paper money strong ‘as always’ at spring Premier Auction

A 1954 $50 radar note with a ‘solid eight’ serial number reading ‘B/H8888888’ sold for $12,650, doubling its estimate as Lot 1148 of the April 8-9 Premier Auction.

Canadian paper money continued to attract bidders’ attention at Colonial Acres’ latest Premier Auction. One of the only major in-person auctions held in Canada since the pandemic began, it saw more than 1,300 lots cross the block at Trajan Publishing’s National Postage Stamp & Coin Show in Mississauga, Ont. Despite ongoing pandemic concerns, the sale’s live floor was well attended with bidders vying for material in person for the first time in more than two years. “This auction was exciting as it was our first live venue since the pandemic started, and it was nice to see familiar faces at the show and in the auction room,” said Kirk Parsons, a co-owner with the Kitchener, Ont.-based auction house. “We were very pleased with the show, and the turnout was better than we expected – so an all-around success.” Continue reading →

‘Well-oiled machine back again’ as National Show returns

Trajan Publishing held its National Postage Stamp & Coin Show on April 9-10 in Mississauga, Ont., for the first time since 2019.

After a 31-month pandemic hiatus, collectors and dealers returned to the Greater Toronto Area this April for the first National Postage Stamp & Coin Show since 2019. With virtually all of Ontario’s pandemic restrictions lifted by mid-March, the two-day show kicked off on April 9 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel in northwestern Mississauga, Ont. An unexpectedly strong turnout saw hundreds of collectors come through the doors, where they were met by a 50-dealer bourse of numismatic and philatelic dealers from across the country. “It’s nice to see the well-oiled machine come back again after two years of shutting down,” said dealer Gerard Feehan, the owner of Citadel Coins in Halifax, N.S., who added the show set a template for future in-person events. “We know we can do it now.” Continue reading →

Mint confirms discolouring on modern silver coins

A west-coast dealer owns a 2017 silver proof set with artificial toning, which occurred on some silver coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint from 2011-18.

The Royal Canadian Mint has confirmed some of the silver coins recently featured in CCN are discoloured rather than mistakenly gold plated. After a west-coast dealer reported a similar-looking silver coin – one of many he owns with what he believed to be artificial toning rather than a gold-plating error – CCN contacted the Mint. “I can confirm that the coins you reference are not gold plated,” said Alex Reeves, the Mint’s senior public affairs manager, about the dealer’s 2018 renewed silver dollar featuring the National War Memorial and other examples with all-over toning. “We are aware that the protective coating on some previous silver coins discoloured when they were exposed to the environment. We rectified this issue a few years ago. Customers can always contact the Mint’s customer service team should they have any concern about their coins” Continue reading →

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