Talking to kids about money

Have you ever thought about talking to kids in a public setting – perhaps at a school, at a scout meeting, or while staffing an informational display at your local mall – about money and collecting? It’s easy for me or someone else to ask you to spread the word and let kids know about... Continue reading →

RCM 2016 coin buys exceed half a million

The addition of one more gold and two more silver kilogram coins has helped push the cost of buying one of each coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint over the $500,000 mark for the first time in its history.

In 2016 the Royal Canadian Mint offered 220 collector products, making up 284 coins, with the cost of acquiring one of every item totalling $529,162, the first time that number has crossed the half a million dollar mark. The number of issues is down slightly from the previous year when the Royal Canadian Mint offered... Continue reading →

Strong interest, bidding at recent Hoare Auction

Lot 95 was a Warehouse/JB in script (BL-31) blacksmith token graded About Fine. It sold for the full pre-sale estimate of $1,200. Both tokens were part of the Jack Lavis collection.

Desirable items were met with strong bidding and realizations at Jeffrey Hoare Auctions' Numismatic and Military Sale No. 122 on Jan. 29. “There was strong bidding from both the floor and over the telephone,” Wendy Hoare told CCN. “Overall I am very pleased with the sale.” All of the tokens from the collection of collector... Continue reading →

Your collection tells a story

For the past four months, my life has been taken over by a group of five identical girls – the Dionne Quintuplets, to be exact. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the world-famous Dionne Quintuplets, they were born on May 28, 1934, just outside my hometown of North Bay, Ont., in the tiny... Continue reading →

Even if you know it’s a fake, don’t buy it

On this counterfeit, marks on cheek and neck are typical on all Victorian obverses. However, obverse legend markers differ slightly.

Counterfeit coins have been around as long as coins have. For a very long time I have attempted to thwart the efforts of those who attempt to profit from them. While some major victories have been won, the proliferation of this bane to our hobby continues at an alarming rate. All we can do is... Continue reading →

Hoare CAND auction offers Jack Lavis token collection

Lot 223 features this pair of Canadian Egypt Boatman medals. This lot has a pre-sale estimate of $4,800.

Tokens will dominate the numismatic portion of Jeffrey Hoare Auctions’ Jan. 29, 2017 sale, being held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers annual show in Hamilton. The tokens, coming from the collection of collector and dealer Jack C. Lavis, are extensive, covering the era from the French Regime to post-Confederation. It includes... Continue reading →

My numismatic autobiography

My earliest recollection of having a fascination with coinage came in 1967 when I was four years old. So 2017 actually marks the 50th anniversary of my ‘obsession’. I did not begin actively collecting coins until 1971, however, at the ripe old age of eight. My collecting interests now include Canadian municipal and commemorative medals,... Continue reading →

Developing a specialty important

As a collector, you’re probably aware of the many different numismatic items available to you. There is much to collect: Canadian silver dollars, one cent to 50 cent pieces, government or chartered banknotes, medals or tokens, for example. You may be inclined to assemble date sets – a complete run of Canadian one cent pieces... Continue reading →

Numismatic research possibilities are endless

nization founded in 1979 to support and promote the use and collecting of numismatic literature which includes books, periodicals, catalogues and other written or printed material relating to coins, medals, tokens, or paper money, ancient or modern, Canada or worldwide. In one issue, not so long ago, I read with interest a number of comments... Continue reading →

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