Auction results don’t always reflect Trends

I was recently reminded of how much in numismatics is more science than art. At a recent auction, I saw two apparently identical lots appear on the block. Now when I stay identical, they were essentially the same coin and year, with the same grade. They both sold, but one sold for close to double that of the lot that followed. That got me to thinking about the challenges of trying to figure out what something is actually worth. Continue reading →

Circulating coin recalls costliest conflicts

The iconic Canadian photograph Wait for me, Daddy will form the basis of a new Canadian $2 to be issued later this year.

The government has approved a new circulating $2 coin, as well as two new, significantly greater, denominations of non-circulating legal tender coins. An order in council, issued July 2, has authorized coins with the values of $1,000 and $1,250, and the issue of a $2 coin, using the famous image Wait For Me, Daddy, taken in 1940, which shows a young boy catching up to his father, who was marching with his regiment. As a circulating coin, design details are outlined in the order. The coin will show a partial reproduction of the photograph in the centre, and the outer ring will have the words “remember” in English and French, with two laser-mark maple leaves. The edge will have the words “Canada” and “2 dollars,” with maple leaves. Continue reading →

Glowing dino puts Canada among Coin of the Year finalists

Named Most Innovative Coin, Canada’s 25-cent coin depicting Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai shows the dinosaur’s skeleton when examined in darkness.

Named the Most Innovative Coin, the 25-cent dinosaur piece shows an image of a Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai – similar to a triceratops – under regular light. In the dark, the skeleton of the animal stands out with a soft green glow. Continue reading →

New circulating coins have 
Northern touch

In Cape Dorset, Nunavut, artist Tim Pitsiulak holds a reproduction of the new 25-cent circulation coin he designed for the Royal Canadian Mint, celebrating life in the North.

The Royal Canadian Mint has revamped some non-circulating legal tender designs to bring out two circulating 25-cent commemorative coins, each one with two finishes, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition. Continue reading →

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