Volume 57- #20

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Volume 57#20

January 7 – January 20, 2020

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police challenge coin issued for British Columbia’s 'E' Division tactical team depicts a crossed sword and rifle plus a space for the receiving officer’s five-digit regimental number.

RCMP collecting full of ‘fringe’ fun

Beyond circulation and collector coins, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is also the focus of many numismatic “fringe” pieces issued in Canada since the “Mounties” were formed in 1873 as the North-West Mounted Police. A century later, the RCMP’s 100th anniversary was widely commemorated on municipal trade tokens, medals and so-called “challenge coins,” the latter of which hold a special place in one collector’s heart. “I didn’t know what they were a few years ago, but now I’m hooked on them,” said retired teacher and long-time numismatist Chris Boyer, who added challenge coins “aren’t technically coins,” which are issued by a government and assigned a denomination for use in trade and commerce. Continue reading →

Features
Banknotes’ boisterous history highlights pros, cons of paper money
Page 1
Former CCN, CSN publisher Scott McLaren dies at 70
Page 6
New editor for latest edition of Charlton Canadian colonial token catalogue
Page 9
Medals ‘super strong’ at second Sherbrooke sale
Page 12
RCMP recovers coins but owners unknown
Page 22
Jeffrey Hoare Auctions closes after three decades
Page 24

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Canadian 50 cents
Page 16
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 26
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 29
Columns
Jesse Robitaille
Guest Commentary
With the latest round of media layoffs, this reporter is tru
Page 6
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Copper, brass varieties, die clash distinguish Breton 707 ‘b
Page 8

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Not-so-obvious errors need more than quick look to understa
Page 10
Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
‘Agricultural,’ ‘Farmers’ banks line Canadian banking histor
Page 14

Tony Hine
Canadian Key dates
Britain’s Royal Mint strikes 400,000 25-cent coins in 1904
Page 22

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