The Regina Coin Club (RCC) based in the Saskatchewan capital held its 555th meeting this April.
Since forming in January 1953, the RCC hosted semi-regular monthly meetings before hitting its most recent milestone on April 16.
Secretary Troy Zimmer designed a wooden coin to commemorate the event, with a special design laser-engraved onto a blank round. The reverse reads, “Commemorating / the / 555th / Meeting of the / Regina Coin Club / April 16th, 2021,” while the obverse reads “REGINA COIN CLUB / LUCKY FIVER” with a 1953 five-cent coin in the centre.
Only attendees of the April 16 meeting – both RCC members and special guests – have received one of the woods.
“Twenty were made up, one for each RCC member or guest who logged into the RCC Zoom meeting that night,” Zimmer told CCN this May, adding he engraved the woods with a three-watt laser engraver. “Although I’ve done a few different, one-off engraved wooden coins before, this was my first attempt at producing a wooden nickel for circulation to others.”
The “Lucky Five” theme relates to the club’s 555th meeting plus “from the fact that in the past, the RCC has marked some of their milestones with special souvenirs that have incorporated Canadian five-cent coins,” added Zimmer.
“Just for the fun of it – and to make the souvenir extra special – I put the ‘Lucky Fivers’ into flip holders and included a certificate of authenticity, numbered, signed and embossed with the club seal.”