Casino chips, tokens a good bet for collectors

A $200 silver strike from the former Imperial Palace (now the Link) numbered ‘139’ is held by casino collector Robb McPherson. It contains one pound of .999 Fine silver.

Between casino chips, roulette tokens, slot tokens and the sought-after “Silver Strikes,” casino collectibles offer many ways for numismatists to up the ante with their collections. Part of a fast-growing hobby, collectors of gaming memorabilia – everything from chips to tokens, dice, slot cards, playing cards, rewards cards, matchbooks and even room keys – have organized under the banner of the Casino Collectibles Association (CCA), formerly known as the Casino Chip and Gaming Tokens Collectors Club. “It’s like just about everything else in numismatics,” said CCA member Robb McPherson, of Brantford, Ont., who’s also the co-editor of the CCA’s quarterly publication, Casino Collectible News. Continue reading →

OTD: Macdonald coin marks 200th anniversary of first prime minister’s birth

The first of four coins (top left) honouring the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald was unveiled in Kingston, Ont., on today's date in 2015.

Collectors will be watching their pocket change for their latest circulating commemorative coin, a $2 piece honouring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Launched on Jan. 11 in Kingston, Ont., the community most associated with Macdonald, the coin shows a portrait of the father of Confederation on the core, with a modern map of Canada in the background. The outer ring has the dual dates 1815 and 2015. The security features of micro-engraved maple leaves and laser etching also appear on the obverse. Continue reading →

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