Rare 1862 gilt coins offer glimpse into B.C.’s gold rush

These British Columbia pattern coins were struck in 1862 amid an urgent need for coinage with which to exchange the gold that was mined during the province’s first gold rush. Today, these coins are worth $2.5 million altogether.

Coin shows are often full of special finds, and the recent RCNA Show and Bourse didn’t disappoint as collectors had an opportunity to view a rare set of 1862 British Columbia pattern coins. The two rare coins were on display at Sandy Campbell’s booth, during the 62nd annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA), held in Halifax, N.S. Campbell, owner of Proof Positive Coins in Baddeck, N.S., has been showing off his jointly owned set of 1862 British Columbia pattern coins, which are worth more than $2.5 million altogether. Continue reading →

Initiatives aim to fire up the hobby

As I write this column in the midst of a heat wave in Ontario, with humidity making the temperatures feel about 40 C, I cannot help but feel a “heat wave” is in the works as I think about what’s ahead this fall for Trajan Media. While we are trying to enjoy hot summer weather, behind the scenes at Trajan – publishers of Canadian Coin News and Canadian Stamp News – we are also busy working on new initiatives we will be releasing this fall and winter. Here are some of the highlights I want to share with you: Continue reading →

Notable numismatists earn hobby’s top honours

Serge Pelletier (right) is given the highest honour in Canadian numismatics, the J. Douglas Ferguson Award, by Ron Greene.

Serge Pelletier and William Cross received some lofty and well-deserved recognition from the hobby at the 62nd annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA). Pelletier was given Canadian numismatics’ highest honour, the J. Douglas Ferguson Award, for his great contributions to the advancement of the hobby in Canada over the past 12 months; however, his work in numismatics goes back much further than the past year. And Cross, who has been involved in the hobby for an equally long time, earned the Paul Fiocca Award for his long-term meritorious service to the RCNA. He recently retired and sold Charlton Press, the renowned numismatic publishing company he took over from James E. Charlton in 1980. Continue reading →

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