Victoria Coin Club closing in on 70 years

Victoria Coin Club executive, from the left: Treasurer Craig Nash, VP Ron Stefik, Past President Ian Cheffins, President Jon Taylor, directors George Anderson, Brian Davison, Joel Koett, and absent is Secretary Dale Mosher. (Photo submitted)

It was 1955 when Mervyn Weynton and Palmer Dahl held the first meeting of the Victoria Numismatic Society in the ornate Spencer Mansion, now the site of the Art Gallery of Victoria. More recently, the club has been meeting every month, except in summer, on the upper floor of a local church. The goal has... Continue reading →

Security a major concern among coin dealers, CAND president says

CAND President Michael Findlay presides over the association’s annual general meeting held in Hamilton this January. (Photo by Mike Walsh)

Security remains a major concern and priority for Canada’s numismatic dealers. “I have scrolled through all the emails involving CAND (Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers) and re-read my president’s report from last year. The resounding theme over the last 12 months is security, security, and security,” association president Michael Findlay said at the annual general... Continue reading →

Mints must continue to ‘motivate collectors’

Long-time Canadian dealer Steven Bromberg (far left and on the above screen) speaks during a panel discussion at the Mint Directors Conference on, “Rethinking Numismatics – Appealing to the New Collector.” Joining Bromberg on the panel were Niels Hagerman of MDM, MC Garofalo of APMEX, and Charlie Chan of the LPM Group. The 2023 conference was hosted by the Royal Canadian Mint. Photo by Mike Walsh.

Offering collectors “some kind of rarity” would be a great opportunity for Mints around the world to further engage collectors. That’s one of the key messages four worldwide dealers offered to the Mints during a panel discussion held at the 2023 Mint Directors Conference in Ottawa this fall. “Here in Canada, we have a lot of... Continue reading →

RCNA numismatic collection available at Nickle Galleries

For decades, University of Calgary’s Nickle Galleries has had the largest and most important academic coin collection in Canada, the Nickle Numismatic Collection. This rich teaching and research resource comprises over 16,000 ancient Greek and Roman coins, 7,000 medieval coins as well as early modern coins, bank notes and non-Western currencies. It also includes significant holdings of... Continue reading →

New year kicks off with a rarity-filled auction

Session 2 opens with Lot 396, an 1838 Province of Nova Scotia treasury note, with signatures. ‘This is the first note of its kind that we have had the opportunity to offer through our sales,’ says the Canadian Numismatic Company.

The new year is off to a fantastic start for collectors as the first major auction of 2024 is offering many rarities, including a Prince Edward Island holey dollar, a 1838 Province of Nova Scotia treasury note, a premium militaria collection and “stunning” lots of top-graded Canadian coins. It all starts on Friday, Jan. 19... Continue reading →

London dealer back at store after violent robbery

A January robbery at London Gold Buyer, a dealer store in London, Ont., sent owner Daniel Loewith to the hospital for nearly nine months. A member of the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers, Loewith was placed in an induced coma for several weeks and has undergone 34 minor procedures plus four major surgeries.

After nearly nine months in the hospital, including several weeks in an induced coma, an Ontario dealer has returned to work with no fears about the violent robbery that sent him there. On the morning of Jan. 5, four Toronto men entered London Gold Buyer in London, Ont., where one of them shot owner Daniel... Continue reading →

Collectors eager to acquire new coins with King’s effigy crash mint’s website

From the left, Royal Canadian Mint President Marie Lemay and artist Steven Rosati unveil the effigy of King Charles III at the Mint’s facility in Winnipeg, Man., on Nov.  14, 2023. (Photo courtesy of the RCM)

Demand for Canadian coins featuring the portrait of King Charles III temporarily shut down the Royal Canadian Mint’s online store shortly after the Crown corporation released details on the new strikes. “I can say the level of customer interest in the launch of His Majesty’s effigy exceeded our expectations and did temporarily disrupt our online... Continue reading →

Collectors get rare glimpse of unstamped Indian Treaty Medal

Jacob Lipson, of Jacob Lipson Rare Coins, holds an unstamped Indian Treaty Medal that he had on display at the recent Torex Coin Show in Toronto. Photo by Mike Walsh/CCN.

Rare coin dealer Jacob Lipson recently acquired an unstamped Indian Treaty Medal that has provided collectors an opportunity to view up close one of the most treasured medals in Canadian Indigenous history. “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to show it to the many collectors who stopped by my table to take a look... Continue reading →

CCN columnist marks 50 years

Clute (left) receives the J. Douglas Ferguson Award, the highest distinction in Canadian numismatics, from Ron Greene at the 2019 Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Convention.

Long-time researcher and writer Stanley Clute marked 50 years with CCN this October in an unprecedented feat of longevity for Canada’s national numismatic magazine. A Fellow of both the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) and the Canadian Numismatic Research Society (CNRS), Clute has regularly contributed to CCN since 1973, when he took over the “Questions... Continue reading →

‘Trophy note’ snatched up at auction, but P.E.I. collection steals the show

Auctioneer Brian Bell of Geoffrey Bell Auctions displays Lot 530 – a 1935 Bank of Canada $500 note that made its first-ever debut at an auction. This ‘superb rarity’ sold for $432,000, including buyer’s premium.

While the “superb rarity” 1935 Bank of Canada banknote took the spotlight at Geoffrey Bell Auctions’ sale held at the Toronto Coin Expo, it was Ralph Dickieson’s Prince Edward Island collection that generated the most intense bidding among collectors. “I am really, really pleased,” auctioneer Brian Bell said when asked about Lot 530 featuring the... Continue reading →

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