Volume 59 – #24

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Volume 59#24

March 1 – March 14, 2022

From left to right: Will Christie, Josh Lucrezi and Cole Lawrence launched the Canadian Numismatic Assurance Service (CNAS) last year to remedy the inconsistencies between four major third-party grading services commonly encountered in the Canadian market.

Canadian collector-dealer trio forms assurance service

Three collectors and part-time dealers in southern Ontario have launched the Canadian Numismatic Assurance Service (CNAS), a new “sticker service” aimed at levelling the inconsistencies among third-party grading services. The three CNAS founders – Will Christie, 22, Cole Lawrence, 19, and Josh Lucrezi, 23 – have more than 45 years of collecting and dealing experience, which they are now using to evaluate Canadian coins certified by one of four major third-party grading services. Each of them began collecting lower-grade coins in childhood before growing into the high-end market with a focus on more sought-after specimen, proof-like and business-strike coins. Eventually, they each started their own part-time dealing business before combining their knowledge to launch CNAS. “We all have a big collector background,” said Lawrence, who deals as Burlington Bullion in his hometown of Burlington, Ont. “We have a wide degree of knowledge between the three of us, and we want to start putting ourselves out there in a more professional manner because we love the hobby and we want to see it grow.” Continue reading →

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