Volume 54 – #25

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Volume 54#25

March 21 – April 3, 2017

The addition of one more gold and two more silver kilogram coins has helped push the cost of buying one of each coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint over the $500,000 mark for the first time in its history.

RCM 2016 coin buys exceed half a million

In 2016 the Royal Canadian Mint offered 220 collector products, making up 284 coins, with the cost of acquiring one of every item totalling $529,162, the first time that number has crossed the half a million dollar mark. The number of issues is down slightly from the previous year when the Royal Canadian Mint offered 225 products, but the actual cost is up from last year`s $339,858. One reason for the difference is the addition of an additional one gold and two silver kilogram issues, and a general increased price of the popular one and two ounce silver coins. Collectors generally shun the low-mintage gold and silver kilogram series. The four gold and five silver kilogram coins issued in 2016 had a total cost of $329,858. In 2015 the RCM issued three gold kilogram coins and three silver kilogram issues with a total cost of $213,889. When the kilogram issues are removed, the cost of the remaining issues of 2016 comes in at $199,304, comparable but still higher than the $125,000, the previous year. Continue reading →

NGC grades rare Canadian Silver Maple Leaf error
Page 1
Canada’s short, tedious history with circulating gold coins
Page 9
Early Coin World issues offer numismatic nostalgia
Page 10

CCN Trends
Focus on Canadian twenty and twenty-five cents
Page 12
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 30
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 33
Talking to kids about money

Have you ever thought about talking to kids in a public setting – perhaps at a school, at a scout meeting, or while staffing an informational display at your local mall – about money and collecting? It’s easy for me or someone else to ask you to spread the word and let kids know about money and how to collect. The problem is, what if you simply don’t know what to say? Over the years I have spoken to hundreds, maybe even thousands, of kids about money and collecting. I am comfortable doing this and I have been pretty successful in keeping the kids’ attention – or at least I hope that’s the case!

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By Jim Szeplaki
Stanley Clute
Ancient Money
Claudius II’s reign was short but significant
Page 8
Randy Heimpel
Auction site a great place to get your feet wet
Page 11

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Assembling complete type set of undated errors is impossible
Page 20
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Commerce-pumping slogan crossed the colonies
Page 22

Ted Banning
The World of Money
Catalogue offers snapshot of our numismatic past
Page 24
Jeff Fournier
Numismatic Fringe
A look back at Canada’s centennial year and its municipal to
Page 26

Jesse Robitaille
New Issues
New numismatic issues from around the world
Page 22

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