Young Collector Highlight: Jonathan

  • Name: Jonathan
  • Age: 23
  • Location: Niagara, Ontario
  • What do they collect: Jonathan collects mostly large cent pieces from 1858-1920.
  • Why did they start collecting: Jonathan began collecting after his father gifted him an album of coins collected by Jonathan’s grandfather. Jonathan stated that this piqued his interest as he found “their old age and the portraits of the various kings and queens intriguing.”

From Jonathan’s Collection: Various Canadian banks issued bills from the mid-1930s plus 1923. The monarchs they display are Kings George V and George VI.


After Jonathan was gifted this first collection of coins, he began collecting himself and actively trying to learn more about numismatics.

Jonathan frequented local Niagara flea markets and began to create a community of local collectors, sellers, and friends who encouraged his collecting at a very young age.

Often Jonathan was provided with discounts on coins, advice, and assistance examining his coins and related books. Through his local network, he was able to start his collection as a child and continue to expand on his grandfather’s previous collection. Jonathan continues to keep an eye out for interesting pieces.

From Jonathan’s Collection: Germany printed a 50-million mark note during a period of extreme hyperinflation. The inflation suffered by Germany during the crisis resulted in this large denomination becoming nearly worthless. This crisis along with others in the period of the Weimar Republic led to the rise of extremism in Germany.

Jonathan’s collecting journey highlights the encouragement of older generations supporting younger collectors to get excited about and enjoy collecting of any kind.


From Jonathan’s collection: The obverse of Canada’s first stamped coin, produced in 1858, displays a young Queen Victoria on the obverse (not shown).

Canadian Coin News is implementing a new series to feature young collectors to support, encourage and highlight younger generations.

Interested collectors can email for a chance to be featured on our platforms.

Whether, like Jonathan, you received your collection from a family member, experienced community support, or discovered numismatics on your own, we would like to hear from you. No matter how big or small your collection is, we would like to hear about it and who helped you find a love for numismatics. Young Collectors must be 25 and under and reside in Canada.

Happy collecting!!!

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