‘A lot of great help’ drives fledgling coin club

Nearly 100 municipal trade tokens issued by Saugeen Shores in 1991 were recently donated to the Saugeen Coin Society by Judy Blackman.

Established only one year ago, the Saugeen Coin Society (SCS) has since seen its membership more than double as the executive works to secure the club’s footing in Bruce County. Currently standing at 20 members, the SCS has been well received by the public in this southwestern Ontario town of nearly 14,000 people. Continue reading →

Local collector funds trade token for Hornby Island

Long-time collector and part-time dealer Jim Bulmer and his wife Dr. Barbara Froehner man a booth at the Ringside Market on Hornby Island, B.C., this Canada Day weekend.

Businesses in Hornby Island, B.C. – a Salish Sea island located east of Vancouver’s Comox Valley – are now accepting municipal trade tokens as a form of currency. The tokens were designed and funded by Jim Bulmer, a coin collector for more than 50 years. He donated $8,000 to produce 1,000 tokens and collectible pins. The tokens, each of which have a denomination of $20, can be redeemed for their full amount at participating businesses, which make a small profit; however, the majority of the funds will go towards the Hornby Island Community Fund to support local committees. Continue reading →

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