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Volume 52 – #15

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Volume 52#15

November 4 – November 17, 2014

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, from the left, Royal Canadian Mint board member John Bell, astronaut Jeremy Hansen and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Walter Natynczyk unveil a silver collector coin celebrating the 25th anniversary of the CSA at the 2014 International Astronautics Congress in Toronto.

Hologram coin marks space anniversary

The 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is the subject of a new silver coin, just the second Canadian coin to use an achromatic hologram. The coin, unveiled in early October, shows an image of an unidentified Canadian astronaut floating above the Earth. The astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2, which bears the Canada word mark. In the distance is the cloud-mottled blue surface of Earth, backed by the black depths of space. The hologram lends depth and movement to the design; the astronaut seems to float above the Earth. Achromatic holograms are unique in that they are only one colour, usually, as in the case of the coin, just black and white, and in high resolution. Continue reading →

Features
Wait for Me, Daddy coin in circulation
Page 1
Mint makes October a month of firsts
Page 18
Snowmen lead Christmas parade
Page 36

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Maritimes
Page 10
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 41
Editorial
Innovation is the key to survival

The numismatic market is crowded. This month, for instance, the Royal Canadian Mint has put more than 30 coins into the market, the exact number depends on if you count different variations of the same design. Now, I’m not picking on the RCM, because while they may be more aggressive than some other mints, they are not the only ones. In truth, I can’t think of a single coin issuing authority releasing fewer coins now than they were 20, or even 10, years ago.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Eastern Townships Bank operated for nearly 60 years
Page 8
Randy Heimpel
CoinNet
Numiswiki one of many great parts on Forum Ancient Coins
Page 9

Ted Banning
The World of Money
Early Toronto dealer moved west, crossed border for living
Page 20
Carolyn Mullin
New Issues
Old world windmills
Page 25

Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Varieties aplenty among La Banque du Peuple Un Sou tokens
Page 26
Lewis E. Tauber
Numismatic Collateral
18th-century books offer unique look at ancient coins
Page 28

Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Modern coins remembering two world wars
Page 32
Tony Hine
Canadian Key Dates
Not enough 1923 small cents to fill a dust bowl
Page 37

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
Next step: the I-95 Coin and Stamp Shack
Page 40
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