Club-level considerations for engaging young collectors

Cassidy Stroud (left), national youth co-ordinator of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, staffs a booth at Trajan's National Postage Stamp & Coin Show.

While COVID-19 has changed much about the hobby, its impact on young collectors remains to be seen. Many of today’s collectors have returned to the hobby in retirement – after their families were raised and careers completed – but most of them were also exposed to numismatics at a much younger age. As discussed in the series’... Continue reading →

Keynote address ensures RCNA banquet is ‘ICKy’

Henry Nienhuis presents Yvon Marquis with an RCNA medal of appreciation for his role as the guest speaker.

When Paul Johnson approached Yvon Marquis to be the guest speaker at the 2017 RCNA convention, Marquis agreed, but Johnson cautioned him that it shouldn’t be a speech based on numismatics alone, since many of the attendees would be non-collectors. “So I wondered, what could be the topic of this speech?” said Marquis. Now, if... Continue reading →

Petch receives prestigious J. Douglas Ferguson Award

Ron Greene, left, presents the prestigious J. Douglas Ferguson Award for distinguished service to Canadian numismatics to Paul Petch.

The 49th edition of the prestigious  J. Douglas Ferguson Award for distinguished service to Canadian numismatics was awarded to Paul Petch at the annual Royal Canadian Numismatic Association’s convention banquet held in Boucherville, Que.  on July 22. The award was established in 1969 and sponsored by Douglas Ferguson who, at the time, was Honorary President... Continue reading →

ONA Convention delivers

The hardworking members of the ONA 2017 convention committee include from left to right: Ben Detweiller, Henry Nienhuis, Judy Blackman, Scott Douglas, Lisa McPherson, Steve Woodman, Colin Cutler and Robb McPherson.

The 55th annual Ontario Numismatic Association Convention is history now. And if you were in attendance, you will know that in order to have taken in all that it had to offer, you would have had to go at a break-neck pace. In fact, it would have been nearly impossible to attend all of the... Continue reading →

Enterprising criminals turn small bills into big bills

Long-time CCN reader Tin Lap was recently contacted by a friend who discovered a counterfeit $50 banknote from the Frontier series.

I have been a longtime reader of Canadian Coin News and would like to briefly follow up on Bret Evans’ article in the April 18 issue regarding the recent appearance of counterfeit polymer $100 notes in Ontario’s Niagara region. Evans did a great job providing a detailed timeline regarding the first counterfeit Frontier series $100... Continue reading →

Canada 150 note offers new technology

Martine Warren, bank note design specialist, proudly holds one of the new $10 commemorative notes. (Photo by Serge Pelletier)

The Bank of Canada revealed the designs of the Canada 150 commemorative note on April 7, 2017, in a ceremony that was extremely respectful of Canada’s First Nations. Indeed, the note’s designs depict Canada’s history, land, and culture to reflect the contributions of people of different nations to make Canada what it is today. After... Continue reading →

Auction of sunken treasures brings back fond memories

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by sunken treasures and the incredible searches that have been undertaken by modern day treasure hunters who have spent millions of dollars using the latest in high tech equipment to unearth the ‘motherlode’. Recently, Florida auction house and coin dealer Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC announced... Continue reading →

Sometimes, a coin is just a coin

I have been collecting commemorative medals and tokens for a long time – over 40 years, in fact. Back in the heyday of the ‘trade dollar’ I was in the thick of things. That was in the late 1970s and that craze continued until the mid to late 1990s when it began to gradually taper... Continue reading →

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