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 →

St. Eligius masters the golden era of giving back

Grand Knight Scott Douglas gave a fascinating presentation on the life of St. Eligius and how the legacy of this patron saint of numismatics remains strong worldwide.

Most numismatic enthusiasts know that St. Eligius is the patron saint of this fun pastime, but how many actually know anything about him? Grand Knight Scott Douglas of the St. Eligius Brotherhood of Numismatists in Canada, gave a presentation at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show where he spoke about Eligius’s life. Douglas recently... Continue reading →

Specimen-grade ‘King of Canadian Coins’ changes hands

‘The King of Canadian Coins,’ this 1921 fifty cents has a new owner after selling for $160,480 at Colonial Acres’ Fall Premier Numismatic Auction.

The Specimen-64 “King of Canadian Coins” featured in Colonial Acres’ Fall Premier Numismatic Auction has a new owner after selling for $160,480 at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show. One of six Specimen-grade examples of the 1921-dated 50-cent piece known to exist, Lot 616B featured a beautiful PCGS-graded coin “garbed in a fitting sombre... Continue reading →

1935 Bank of Canada $500 to make auction debut at Toronto Coin Expo

A ‘superb rarity’ that’s making its auction debut, Lot 530 features a 1935 Bank of Canada $500 banknote with a pre-sale estimate of $500,000-$600,000. The ‘trophy note’ will be offered in Geoffrey Bell Auctions’ Sale No. 29 on Sept. 29, to be held in conjunction with the Toronto Coin Expo.

A 1935 $500 Bank of Canada banknote that “hasn’t seen the light of day at any auction” will make its first appearance at Geoffrey Bell Auctions (GBA)’s Sept. 29 sale on the opening day of the Toronto Coin Expo. Describing it as a “superb rarity,” GBA’s Brian Bell says the auction firm acquired the rare... Continue reading →

Rare 1924 $5 Dominion note to hit auction block this fall

With a starting bid of $5,500, Lot 955 features this rare 1924 $5 Dominion of Canada banknote.

With only 109 reported in existence, a 1924 Dominion of Canada $5 banknote is available at Colonial Acres’ Fall Premier Numismatic Auction this September. Graded PMG VF-25, Lot 955 bears Campbell-Sellar signatures, with a presale estimate of $9,735. “You can expect to see some fantastic examples of numismatics in this auction,” says Colonial’s Todd Sandham.... Continue reading →

First-time exhibitor hits it out the park

Paul Demerchant, right, receives the Best of Show Award from head judge James Williston. The first-time exhibitor swept the awards for his exhibit on J.O.P. dollars.

While Paul Demerchant has been “seriously” collecting coins for the last 25 years, he decided this year at age 81 to enter his first exhibit in the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA)’s convention exhibition. It paid off big time for the Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. resident. Not only did he place first in his category of Canadian... Continue reading →

Pasqua First Nation repatriates treaty medal at RCNA auction

This 1874 Indian Treaty Medal No. 4 is returning home to the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan.

The “much rarer” 1874 Indian Treaty Medal No. 4, sold at the recent Royal Canadian Numismatic Association convention auction, is returning home to the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan. “Having possession of the Treaty 4 medal is important for the Nation,” the successful bidder writes in a news release from The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC),... Continue reading →

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