Amazing Grace leads youth movement at ONA show

Seven-year-old Grace Lombarczki stole the show at this year’s Ontario Numismatic Association convention. When she came to Canadian Coin News’ tables with her father, we couldn’t resist but to jokingly offer her a job to help us sell subscriptions and coin supplies. She would have been a hit. With her beaming father at her side, this little cutie, with ponytails, was a hit on the bourse floor and at the Coin Kids auction. Continue reading →

Bell auction features pre-Confederation tokens in ‘outstanding’ condition

This 1924 Dominion of Canada $5 banknote – one of two offered in the upcoming sale – should attract attention.

Events at the Spring 2015 Toronto Coin Expo will hit very close to home for the Bell family as Geoffrey Bell’s collection of pre-Confederation tokens and coins take centre stage. Presented by Geoffrey Bell Auctions as part of the annual spring expo, the upcoming auction will also feature the Richard Cooper collection’s first instalment of countermarked tokens, along with countless more from other consignors. Lot viewing runs between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 28 and 29, with bidding starting at 6 p.m. on both days. Auctioneer Brian Bell said the auction will serve as a gentle introduction to the impressive Cooper collection. Continue reading →

No end in sight for counterfeits

Two coins displayed by pre-eminent counterfeit expert Mike Marshall are fake $5 silver bullion coins purchased for $1.05 each from a website based in China. (Photo courtesy of the Belleville Intelligencer)

As counterfeit coins continue to plague the hobby, some claim the powers that be – including the Royal Canadian Mint, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ministry of Finance – aren’t doing enough to fight back. With no one taking charge and hundreds of counterfeit Canadian coins turning up on online markets every day, collectors – and their valuable, culturally significant investments – are all but forgotten. Continue reading →

Fakes permeate the market, and these pages

It wasn’t planned this way, but the counterfeit theme is prevalent in this issue of Canadian Coin News. First, there is the last of our special three-part series on counterfeit coins in Canada, which I will discuss a little later. Then, there is the story in our regular “Almost Uncirculated” feature on how police in Israel busted a massive coin-forgery operation. Continue reading →

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