As Canada came to the fore of the numismatic world in the mid-19th century, it was on the backs of numismatic researchers and writers like Robert Wallace McLachlan. Born in Montréal in 1845, McLachlan amassed the most extensive coin collection in 19th-century Canada. What was in 1894 more than 8,000 pieces, ranging from ancients to contemporary coins, grew to about 20,000 pieces by 1922, when the McLachlan Collection was acquired by the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montréal (formerly the Montréal Numismatic Society). “As a boy, circa 1858, young Robert began to collect coins along with his school medals,” said Stan Clute, president of the Canadian Numismatic Research Society (CNRS) and past president of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA). “Subsequent to a little family encouragement, his interest in the hobby flourished.” Continue reading →
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