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Volume 55 – #16

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Volume 55#16

November 14 – November 27, 2017

The obverse of the 1.5-ounce pure silver medallion depicts an orca design in the centre with ‘J&M COIN & JEWELLERY LTD./1967-2017’ around the top and the metal content around the bottom. The $50 redeemable value is also engraved beneath the orca.

J&M celebrates 50 years with silver medallion

In celebration of 50 years in business, Vancouver’s J&M Coin & Jewellery has released a 1.5-ounce .999 silver medallion. The medallions commemorate the 50th anniversary of J&M, which is owned by Joseph Iorio, but they also depict an orca (Orcinus orca) on one side. The orca design echoes sentiments from Iorio and other British Columbia residents about the mammal’s decline due to noise, toxic contamination and lack of food. “It’s an interesting local theme,” said Iorio. “It concerns the extinction of the killer whale. There have been a lot of deaths and concerns lately, and it’s something that has been in people’s minds, especially here locally.” This September, researchers in British Columbia said a young member of an endangered killer whale population living of the province’s coast had died after showing signs of malnourishment. Researchers said six new southern resident killer whales (a large, extended family of orca) were born in 2015 and 2016; however, the death this September was the third to take place since then, and none of the whales born this year have survived. Continue reading →

Features
‘Impressive’ 50-cent pieces, banknotes highlight Torex sale
Page 1
Pheli Mint launches in Canada to fill semi-numismatic void
Page 1
Bells bring auction expertise to RCNA educational symposium
Page 13
New Wawa goose presents chance for numismatic tribute
Page 19
Peel police release suspect description, video in J&M theft
Page 33

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on maritimes coins
Page 22
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 34
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 37
Columns
Jeff Fournier
Numismatic Fringe
Kingsville issues second historical medal to honour town vol
Page 8
Stanley Clute
Ancient Money
Victory a common theme on Roman coinage
Page 12

Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
Coins help us remember our military’s contributions
Page 16
Jeff Fournier
Show Circuit
Kids auction proves popular at Toronto Coin Expo
Page 18

Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Rare tokens, counters recall fur-trading past
Page 28
John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Private mints’ patterns, trial pieces tough to come across
Page 30

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