Volume 50 – #26

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Volume 50#26

April 9 – April 22, 2013

The Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II has been preserved for posterity on this collectible one-ounce black rhodium-plated silver coin, released in 2023 by the Mint to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II.

Wolf joins growing pack of $20-for-$20 coins

The wraps are off on the seventh coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular $20-for-$20 program, a series of silver coins being sold for face value. The newest coin in the series, the second of this year, depicts a wolf running toward the viewer. The coins are struck on .9999 silver blanks with a weight of 7.96 grams, or a quarter troy ounce. The reverse has the inscriptions “20 DOLLARS,” “2013,” “CANADA” and “FINE SILVER ARGENT PUR 9999.” The obverse has the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Continue reading →

U.S. Mint salutes five-star generals
Page 17
Circulating euros a good source of errors and varieties
Page 20
Records fall for Canadian banknotes
Page 21
Russian Sochi Games coins available from RCM
Page 28

Focus on paper money
Page 22
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 27
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 30
The transformation of transactions

The truth is, if I had to pick the single most important change in the hobby, it would be the enthusiastic adoption of third-party certification. When I first came to CCN, certified coins were put in slabs, which had a negative connotation. Collectors smirked that coins would get resubmitted until they reached the highest plausible grade. Most numismatists believed that they could grade their own coins, and frowned on the “absurd” claims of graders that a certified coin would be easier to sell. But that is exactly what happened. Collectors, who at first thought that the best grading could do was confirm their opinion, came to respect third-party graders.

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By Bret Evans
Stanley Clute
Ancient Money
Varied coinage adds interest to Egypt’s fascinating history
Page 8
Ted Banning
The World Of Money
Tessier built world-renowned wampum collection
Page 10

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
Silver dollars morphed into modern-day loonies
Page 12
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Commerce Rules the Main token re-punched over imitation
Page 13

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Error grading not a problem for columnist
Page 14
Bret Evans
Book Review
Token enthusiast tackles Wellingtons
Page 27

Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
Sun sets on summer
Page 32
Carolyn Mullin
Numismatic Profile
Kent Coin Club closes in on five decades
Page 33

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