Volume 58 – #04

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Volume 58#04

May 26 – June 8, 2020

A 1905 specimen half-dollar re-certified as Uncirculated Details with an 'altered surfaces' designation sold for $3,360 US as Lot 31299 of last year’s sale of the George Cook Collection. A Calgary collector, Cook paid $50,000 to acquire the coin, and his cleaning of it dropped its value by more than 90 per cent. (Photos by Heritage Auctions)

Five common coin problems and how to avoid them

When hunting for coins for their collections – especially those in lower-than-Mint-State condition – collectors are forced to wade through seemingly countless examples to find “the right one.” The prevailing wisdom is for collectors to collect the highest-graded examples they can afford, and judging by the major sales of recent years, that advice is being heeded. The 2019 sale of the “Cornerstone” and George Cook collections realized more than $7 million altogether; the 2018 sale of the Doug Robins Collection brought more than $1 million; and the 2015 Canadian Legacy Sale II exceeded $4 million. For at least half a decade, collectors’ desires for rare and high-quality coins have remained consistent; however, the market for these rarities – the ones near or at the top of the condition census – is by its very nature sparse. What’s more, unique or solo highest-graded coins are vastly more expensive than their lower-graded counterparts. Continue reading →

Features
RCM launches May catalogue with shipping in August
Page 1
North Shore Numismatic Society holds first-ever ‘Zoom’ meeting
Page 6
John Law coppers offer range of rarities
Page 13
Brampton Rotary charity show marks 10 years, $100K for kid's programs
Page 21
Niagara police seek owner of recovered money collection
Page 24

Regulars
CCN Trends
Focus on Canadian 20 & 25 cents
Page 14
CCN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 22
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 25
Columns
Sean Sinclair
Commemorative Coins
A new pope means more coins for Vatican City
Page 4
Guest Commentary
What can you really do with it?
Page 6

John Regitko
Errors & Varieties
Defective planchets expensive – when you can find them
Page 8
Tim Grawey
Colonial Tokens
Trident, spear, edge distinguish Wellington half-penny varie
Page 10

Stanley Clute
Notes & Bills
CPMS has long history as champions of Canadian paper money c
Page 12
Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
Numismatics magnifies many collector qualities
Page 20

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