Numismatics’ tangled web uncovered by research, writing

Stanley Clute (left) receives the J. Douglas Ferguson Award, the highest distinction in Canadian numismatics, from Ron Greene at last year's Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Convention.

Numismatic history dates back to at least the Renaissance (1300-1600) and possibly even to ancient times. Through the centuries, numismatics’ backbone has been research and writing, which remain at the forefront of the hobby today. Research and writing are how seasoned collectors break new ground – the inexorable march of numismatic progress – but it’s also an avenue for beginners to enter the hobby. “The opportunities and resources for numismatic research have never been greater, nor has the amount of numismatic material to be researched – but neither have the potential pitfalls,” said long-time CCN columnist Stan Clute, of Calgary, who has been researching and writing for the past five decades. Continue reading →

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