Volume 54 – #18

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Volume 54#18

December 13 – December 26, 2016

The soldiers on the obverse design represent a battle from each of the three centuries in which the Voltigeurs were active. The reverse design depicts the Voltigeurs coat of arms with the dates ‘1862’ (when the regiment was formed) and ‘2016’ around the top. Photos by Artisans du Passage.

Copper from 2008 Québec City Armoury fire used for coins

Eight years after a massive fire at its headquarters and barracks, Canada’s oldest French-Canadian regiment – The Voltigeurs – has found a way to celebrate its rich history. On April 4, 2008, the Voltigeurs’ iconic drill hall, the Québec City Armoury, was badly damaged. The back wall and several turrets beside the front door were the only pieces of the then-123-year-old structure to survive; however, most of the artifacts housed in the armoury’s museum were saved thanks to the efforts of the regiment members and local firefighters. “I was back in Québec from Afghanistan; I was on a break,” Lt.-Col. Jonathan Chouinard told CBC News in October. “But like every Voltigeur, we all went to see what was going on. We have always been in that building. That’s why it struck us.” The armoury’s suspended wood ceiling, which was the largest of its kind in Canada, collapsed during the fire. Investigators said the flames spread rapidly through the ceiling’s wood before sending tonnes of copper to the ground. Continue reading →

2016: A Numismatic Year-in-Review
Page 1
Canadian Coin and Stamp World had a short run
Page 9
Gold, silver highlight Colonial Acres’ busiest auction to date
Page 20
Aluminum has only occasional appearances in coinage
Page 24

CCN Trends
Focus on RCM Product
Page 12
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 33
Educate yourself first, spend your money second

There is an old adage in coin collecting “buy the book before you buy the coin.” On the surface, it states that knowledge is important. The word book is there simply because at one time that was where coin knowledge usually resided. It seems hard to refute that statement, but it can also be a challenge to focus on getting information when you really want to build your collection. The importance of detailed information seems less relevant today when most coins worth more than a modest amount have been placed in a holder that gives you a description of the coin and the grade. It didn’t really make complete sense to me until connected with another rule of thumb, that two factors influencing the price of a coin in any given transaction are motivation and knowledge.

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By Jim Szeplaki
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
Seals of a bank’s approval often found on notes
Page 8
Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Early silver dollars mark Canadian milestones
Page 10

Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Token’s inspiration may have come from a bar in Toronto ..
Page 21
Jeff Fournier
Numismatic Fringe
Coin clubs joining in on Canada 150 celebrations
Page 26

Mike Walsh
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 27
John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
YouTube videos on errors leave a lot to be desired
Page 28

Jeff Fournier
Show Circuit
Oshawa mall show one of few such events remaining
Page 32

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