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Popular TOREX Coin Show hits downtown Toronto
For its 53rd year, the TOREX Coin Show and Auctions is returning to downtown Toronto’s Hyatt Regency hotel this June 27-28.
Royal Canadian Mint Commemorates 100th Anniversary of In Flanders Fields with Silver Collector Coins
Timeless ode to Canada’s fallen, which helped turn the poppy into a universal symbol of remembrance honoured on one-ounce and five-ounce silver coins
Royal Canadian Mint Invites Canadians to Design Circulation Coins for 2017
My Canada, My Inspiration coin design contest opens nation-wide. To celebrate Canada's upcoming 150th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast to design the 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins that will circulate in 2017.
Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates 50th Anniversary of The Canadian Flag
On the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint is celebrating the universally-recognized symbol of Canada with a fine silver collector coin enhanced by vibrant colour. The coin was unveiled today at a special Flag Day ceremony at Confederation Park in Ottawa.
Royal Canadian Mint Launches New Coins in Popular Silver "Birds of Prey" and 99999 Pure Gold "Call of the Wild" Bullion Coin Series
As its limited-edition bullion coin series continue to grow in popularity, the Royal Canadian Mint launched the “Red-Tailed Hawk” from its Canadian Birds of Prey 1 oz., 99.99% pure silver bullion coin series, and the second release of its Call of the Wild 1 oz., 99.999% pure gold bullion coins series, featuring the "Growling Cougar".
25th Anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency Celebrated on Silver Collector Coin
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the organization which is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates this milestone with a unique silver collector coin featuring an achromatic hologram that brings the CSA's work to life. The coin was unveiled today at the International Astronautical Congress 2014 held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates 100th Grey Cup® with One-Dollar Circulation Coin
A new one-dollar coin commemorating the 100th Grey Cup, Canada’s single biggest annual sporting event, was unveiled today by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint.
An "exceedingly rare" and valuable Canadian 1921 50 Cents is set to be sold at the 2014 February TOREX.
This amazing piece has been graded by PCGS and it is believed to be one of the best known example that exist.
Rare U.S. gold coin fetches $6.6-million
New York -- The so-called Mona Lisa of gold coins was sold for a record $6.6-million (U.S.) last night.
The Royal Canadian Mint honoured Maurice Bissonnette of Chapeau, Québec for his design "The Maple Leaf Forever"
The October, 2002 - Torex® Auction
The October, 2002 - Torex® Auction will feature Part Two of the Douglas L Mason Collection of Canadian and Maritime Decimal Coins, "the finest Canadian business strike collection ever assembled" and will be conducted simultaneously live and online.
CCRS 2007 Patrons Drive!
2007 marks the 10th anniversary of The Canadian Coin Reference Site. Thank you for all your support and participation over the years!
Royal Canadian Mint Delivers a Bounty of New Collector Coins
As its reputation for expanding the variety and creativity of coin manufacturing keeps growing, the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to present its customers with a bountiful array of new collector coins. Its latest product release includes fine silver tributes to Canadian historical figures such as War of 1812 hero Major-General Sir Isaac Brock; female military pioneer Georgina Pope; and Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael. The 25th anniversary of the Mint’s Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin; the coat of arms of Nunavut; and the Year of the Snake are also being honoured on precious metal keepsakes ranging from fractional coin sets to spectacular gold and silver kilo coins. Still more collectibles in base and precious metals celebrate Canada’s attachment to winter and the holiday season.
Historic and Cultural Symbols Headline New Royal Canadian Mint Collector Coin Offering
The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to release new collector coins which continue to celebrate Canada’s unique historical and natural heritage, as well as its rich cultural fabric. This latest issue of finely crafted collectibles includes a 99.999% pure gold tribute to the 200th anniversary of the death of War of 1812 hero Sir Isaac Brock, a stunning array of gold and silver coins celebrating the Asian Lunar Calendar’s Year of the Snake, a special edition uncirculated set featuring new 2012 $1 and $2 circulation coins, and the latest addition to our best-selling 25-cent painted Birds of Canada series.
Frozen in Time in Photos and Film, the 100 year-old Canadian Arctic Expedition is now captured on the Royal Canadian Mint's 2013 Proof Silver Dollar.
Passionate about making people discover Canada through its coins, the Royal Canadian Mint is today pleased to commemorate the watershed discoveries of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition on its 2013 Proof Silver Dollar.
Coin Conservation--Putting the Arms Back on Venus?
I'm all for making coins look better. After having dipped the surfaces of thousands of coins I'd be lying to say otherwise. Apparently we've entered a new era where sophisticated methods are being used to improve the appearance of coins. With this in mind, now may be a good time to review the entire topic of coin enhancement and where we might be headed.
Royal Canadian Mint Offers Pennies To Mark The End Of Distribution As It Launches Its Latest Collector Coin Offering
20,000 rolls of the last million distributed pennies joined by the 25th anniversary of the Silver and Platinum Maple Leaf bullion coins; a second glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin; a new Tradition of Hunting fine silver series; and more gold and silver wildlife-themed coins
Torex® turns 50!
Torex®, Canada’s longest running and most popular collectors’ show, is celebrating 50 Years of numismatic excellence in 2012!!
'Invisible' 25-cent coins are Celebrations of millennium
The Royal Canadian Mint pushes ahead with its series of invisible 25-cent coins marking the millennium.
Aussies honour their monarchs
In a superb tribute to the coins of the 20th century, Australia has released a set of five coins featuring the portraits of the five monarchs who have reigned over Australia since the dawn of the last century.
J.E. Charlton - Coinman to Canadians.
No person better deserves the honour of being called the dean of Canadian coin collectors than James E. (Jim) Charlton. In celebration of his 90th birthday last month, the Charlton Press (which has been owned by coin dealer and publisher William K. Cross for many years) has published a biography entitled J.E. Charlton - Coinman to Canadians.
Keep Track of your Coins
Imagine throwing out a pair of old shoes and not realizing that they contained a rare coin worth more than $225,000 Canadian. That's exactly what happened to the retired owner of several manufacturing and metals companies in Florida.
New 50-cent coins are for the birds
Canada's 50-cent coins never appear in circulation, but they are always a popular collector's item. This year's sterling silver 50-cent pieces feature four new coins based on the theme Canada's Birds of Prey.
New Bullwinkle quarter shows coins can be fun
In honour of Canada Day, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced a stylized 25-cent coin showing a caricature of a moose set against a mountain range.
Canadian Columnist Retires Coins & Stamps Pen
Toronto Star Coins columnist Bob Aaron has announced his retirement from writing the newspaper's coins and stamps columns after an uninterrupted run of more than 36 years and more than 1,400 columns and 1 million words.
Collecting is Good
Downtown Stamp and Coin Sales Limited has expanded to the Hudson's Bay Company's flagship Vancouver store.
Are You a Believer?
A person with a coin to sell asked, "Why is it only worth $300 when the book says the value might be $20,000 or more?"
Restrikes of Canadian $5 and $10 sold out!!!
The Royal Canadian Mint is set to release restrikes of the country's 1912 $5 and $10 gold coins to mark the 90th anniversary of their first minting.
Let Canadian redesign our penny
Why were two of Canada's most popular circulating coins designed by a British citizen who never set foot in this country? Why does Canada continue to strike billions and billions of coins with the artwork of someone who couldn't accurately draw a maple twig and who saw Canadian beavers only in picture books?
Last month's Coins column suggested that it was time to replace the designs on our 1-cent and 5-cent coins with art work created by a Canadian instead of the British designer who actually created them. The headline on the column was "Let Canadian redesign our penny."
New Mint release falls short.
Why is a palm tree the focal point of the design on this year's commemorative silver dollar? Why does the Queen's portrait look like a bad editorial cartoon? Why won't the mint name the artist who gets the credit or the blame for creating the new coin? Any why is the Royal Canadian Mint trying to distance Canada from our British heritage?
Sovereign design revived for Queen's golden jubilee
Britain's 2002 gold sovereign honours the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth's reign by reviving a modern version of a coin design last seen on sovereigns struck for the same anniversary of Queen Victoria in 1887. Instead of the renowned Benedetto Pistrucci engraving of St. George and the Dragon, the reverse of the 2002 gold sovereign carries the royal coat of arms for only second time in 115 years. The only previous occasion was for the 500th anniversary of the sovereign coin in 1989.
Honouring the 1911 Canadian Silver Dollar
No Canadian coin has been the subject of more publicity, myths, rumours, legends and inaccuracies than the famous 1911 silver dollar. In honour of the 90th anniversary of its creation, the Royal Canadian Mint has minted a new silver dollar carrying the design of the original coin but with the dates 1911-2001.
'Mona Lisa of baseball cards' goes on the block
Honus Wagner is not as renowned as Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle, but his image graces the most valuable card in baseball, which is expected to sell for as much as $1-million when it is auctioned off next month. The 1909 baseball card, once owned by Wayne Gretzky and later auctioned as a lucrative prize in a Wal-Mart draw, is being unveiled in New York today as part of a one-month publicity blitz aimed at increasing interest over the card's sale.
Colonial tokens a fascinating period in Canadian history
The fourth edition of the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens has just been released. This reference and pricing catalogue sells for $24.95 and is published by the Charlton Press (2010 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4S 1Z9). The editor is William K. Cross. While Charlton coin catalogues have included pre-Confederation token listings in the past (last issue was in 1977), the current token format was introduced in 1988 as a standalone token catalogue (first edition). This was followed by the second and third editions in 1990 and 1995 respectively.
Practical Coin Grading Tips
Of all the areas of study in Canadian numismatics, that of coin grading is clearly the most disruptive and confusing. Why? Well, perhaps it's because it's usually part of a buy or sell transaction with money involved. Perhaps, it's because it is a subjective matter and not quite as crisply defined as it should be. Whatever the reason behind it, it does create confusion and often very bitter arguments. Just attend any coin show for evidence of the latter. Much of this is a result of poor preparation on the grader's part and sometimes sloppiness in thinking. What follows are some comments on four areas: objectivity, grading practice, coins with borderline grades, and how to simply look at a coin. Understanding coin grade definitions in another matter totally. The concern is more to do with approach and mental attitude. Both are critical elements needed of any grader intending to do a good job.
What You Really Get From A Grading Service
Prior to the proliferation of third party grading services, I knew of a dealer who added to his marketing strategy by guaranteeing to buy back any coin he sold at exactly the same grade he used when selling it. As long as the coin remained sealed in it's original holder, what he sold as a MS-65 would be a MS-65 when the investor wished to sell it-and there was no time limit on this guarantee.
Appearance & Grade
It isn’t necessary to possess numismatic knowledge to properly grade coins. Coin grading is a specialized activity quite like many other forms of quality control. Just as someone who inspects circuit boards may know nothing about computers, it is entirely possible for a highly skilled coin grader to be uninformed about the value or numismatic significance of the coins they are grading. Grading coins has nothing to do with numismatics.
Collections Within Collections
I regularly remind numismatists that each coin in their collection should represent a significant purchase and stand on its own merit. Few coins ever become more important based on the company they keep. If you must accomplish completeness by filling openings in an album, leave insignificant purchases until the end and seriously contemplate their importance before paying good money to get them.
Auction Pooling
I enjoy writing about consumer related numismatic topics that are seldom openly discussed. I'm fairly sure what follows fits that category...
Analyzing Auction Results
What are we to think when a coin that has a Trends value of $750 sells at auction for $1750?
The Perils of Population Reports
Long before the advent of grading services numismatists were keeping track of coin populations. Perhaps a decade ago, I wrote an article suggesting that grading service population reports were probably the most important commercially orientated numismatic references ever published. I will stick by this claim. The various reports showing grading service activity provide important information to those who understand the limitations of this data.
Numismatic Autograph Collecting - Getting More From Your Hobby
I like to encourage coin collectors to find enjoyable ways to expand the focus of their hobby. There are countless ways to explore numismatics that go far beyond making the current purchase and thinking about the next one. If your activity is limited to the commercial aspects of our hobby then you are missing the majority of what the pursuit has to offer. That said, let me provide an example of what I think would be an interesting and rewarding project that would probably cost a fraction of what you'd gladly pay for the next RCM product.
A New Twist To An Old Idea
Certain British coins produced during the reign of Victoria carry a Die Number. This clever feature identifies from which reverse die a coin was made.
Guaranteed Success Buying on the Net
The Internet has changed some of the ways collectors do business. What the Internet hasn’t done is alter the important basic rules that every buyer and seller should understand and heed.
Why Do Coins Cost So Much?
I once had a customer explain that a certain dealer needed to charge more for their coins because they had high overhead costs. I found this statement to be bordering on the absurd. I think it's foolish to ever think the customer is responsible for supporting some dealer's lavish life style. No dealer deserves to profit simply because they are in business. That said, as coin consumers it's important to understand how the escalating cost of doing business directly impacts what we all are paying for coins.
Writing Coin Descriptions That Sell Coins - Part I
With more and more people trying their hand at selling coins it might be a good time to review how creating good coin descriptions can dramatically increase your sales and keep your customers happy. If you read on you may find I've included some less than obvious suggestions.
Writing Coin Descriptions That Sell Coins - Part 2
With more and more people trying their hand at selling coins it might be a good time to review how creating good coin descriptions can dramatically increase your sales and keep your customers happy. If you read on you may find I've included some less than obvious suggestions.
Adventures With Coin Grading
When I begin teaching a complete novice how to grade coins I start by stressing the importance of consistency. Consistency is the essence of grading no matter if what's being graded are hen's egg or Victoria half dollars. When collectors have concerns about their ability to grade coins the problem can usually be identified as inconsistency.
Dealers & Coin Prices
The vast majority of coin dealers I know do not stash coins away waiting for higher prices to increase profits. Most active dealers are primarily interested in sales volume. For dealers, coins are a commodity to be bought and sold. Even though the parting may hurt a bit, few full time dealers can afford the luxury of falling in love with their inventory.
When The Dealer says, “I'll Pass.”
There are many reasons why a dealer may decline to buy your coins. It's important to keep in mind most of these reasons probably have nothing to do with the coins or your asking price. What follows are some of the reasons.
In Praise of Dirty Coins
Canadian collectors are fortunate because it is still quite possible to acquire coins that have not been altered since being saved by non-collectors. Let's see if I can explain what I mean by offering another example.
Numismatic Employment
I'm often asked if I have a job available. This question usually is posed by someone who would like to turn their hobby into an occupation. It's an appropriate question as many dealers and others involved in the business began as coin collectors.
Canadian Exonumia
It is my understanding that a great numismatist by the name of Russell Rulau is the person responsible for coining the term exonumia. Simply put, and these are my words not Mr. Rulau's, exonumia is a catch-all term used to describe items that might appeal to coin collectors but happen to be something other than coins.
My Favorite Canadian Coin
Dealers can be fond of certain coins for many reasons. As a young collector/vest pocket dealer, I naively asked a veteran of the coin show wars, "What is your favorite coin?"
The Fourth Side of Every Coin
Let’s see, we have the obverse, reverse and the edge. That’s only three. There is no "fourth side." What is this nonsense?
It's Fun Being An Expert
Great satisfaction can be gained from being the “know-it-all” even if this knowledge is confined to a very specific topic.
Do Grading Service Employees Read Pop Reports?
I'm not the only person who thinks it might be a good idea if grading service employees knew nothing about the numismatic marketplace. It's wrong to think a highly skilled coin grader will do a better job if they know how valuable what they are grading may be to collectors. In fact, it would seem any responsible grading service would expect their graders to apply the same degree of diligence and care to every coin they grade. Only giving a glance to the common stuff but really studying the rarities can't be the proper thing to do-or is it?
Green Coins & Puppies
I purchased a nice collection of ancient Roman coins and offered them as single items in my price list. The first person to call bought seven of the twelve. The buyer just happened to be the person who sold me the collection!
History, Human Nature and Coin Grading
I happened to be around-in fact in close proximity, when coin dealers first began using numerical grading. There was nothing numismatic about the approach. The idea was to create a program to assist in the marketing of coins...
How it all got started.
Perhaps the greatest stimulus to collect coins was the invention and mass distribution of the extremely popular Whitman Publishing Co coin albums. I believe these albums first appeared shortly after WWII. For the first time the average person could easily find and affordably purchase a handy little folder that prompted them to sort what was previously stored in an old purse, Piggy bank, or Mason jar. The albums instantly provided continuity and order to what had often been a random accumulation of coins. The accumulator became a collector with a purpose-fill all the inviting empty spaces in the album.
Dealing With The “Hyper Grades”
Due to ignorance, lack of attention, and inexperience, I previously thought using numerical grades beyond MS or PR-67 was often extremely subjective and amounted to splitting hairs in an absurd attempt to decide how imperfect a nearly perfect coin might be.
Can A Coin's Condition Improve Over Time?
Every now and then, I have the good fortune to hear someone make a really profound statement. So far, this one is on the top of the list for 2003. I had gotten together with a couple of other veteran coin dealers. Between the three of us we easily have 125 years of professional experience. The purpose of our meeting was to review a significant collection of coins that had just arrived from a grading service. After we all had examined the coins, Jim said, "You know, this coin wasn't nearly as nice when I sold it to Ed back in 1973."
Great Numismatists I have known Part III - Mr. Indian Cent
"Is he ever going to run out of wind?" whispered the person who was sitting next to me at the coin club meeting. "After all, it’s only an Indian Cent!"
The Perils of Population Reports
Long before the advent of grading services numismatists were keeping track of coin populations. Perhaps a decade ago, I wrote an article suggesting that grading service population reports were probably the most important commercially orientated numismatic references ever published. I will stick by this claim. The various reports showing grading service activity provide important information to those who understand the limitations of this data.
Unusual Holiday Gifts for Kids
Because we understand the value of the hobby, we'd all like to see young people become interested in coin collecting. Based on my experience, some times the best results are obtained by being a little devious. This is the plan I would use with the seven to twelve year old group. My guess is the following shopping list can be filled for about the price of one of the latest and greatest video games.
Seeing The Light & Grading
I'm guessing most experts will agree that the light source used when grading coins can influence a coin's appearance.
Market Cycles
For many years the experts and serious watchers have agreed the coin market moves in cycles.
Mintage -- The One Absolute?
Many beginning coin collectors believe mintage figures are a sure way to determine which coins can be rated as common, scarce or rare. As it turns out, practices such as hoarding, melting, distribution methods and other assorted factors can result in situations where availability of certain coins is actually far greater or less so than the mintage would suggest. Things become even more complicated when reviewing availability in a particular grade or range of grades.
Mint State Logic & Circulated Coins
Is it wiser to own the best of the circulated grades or the worst of the uncirculated? Coin buyers seem to place high value on newness. If your primary reason for acquiring coins is to profit from the experience then it is probably best to stick with tradition and go along with the notion that any new example of a particular coin is always better than all the used ones. This may not be the best policy to follow if your goal is to assemble an attractive and satisfying collection.
Modern Issues - Sorting Them Out
As a dealer, it's in my best interest to anticipate how modern issues will perform in the aftermarket. Of the many coins produced, which will collectors be asking me for two, five or ten years down the road?
Some Thoughts on Canadian NCLT
After reviewing the history of coinage, one can site numerous examples to support the conclusion that non-circulating legal tender coins (NCLT) were first produced centuries ago and are hardly a modern invention. Even a superficial investigation of these early NCLT's will indicate that many of them have become highly desirable items among collectors. In the United States, serious coin collectors must have had mixed feelings when in 1915 the government allowed for the production of huge gold coins of the $50 denomination. These pieces were sold at a premium with the profits used to help defray the cost of an exposition. That only 1128 were sold suggests these NCLT issues weren't overly popular. Today, a nice example might bring well over a $100,000.
Building A Great Collection With No "Money"
I've written hundreds of articles about coin collecting. This is one of the strangest.
Old Collectors
You Take The Kids. Let Me Have The Old Folks.
The "World's Athletic Heroes" Canadian Olympic Coin Program
What follows is the outline of a program that will accomplish many positive things for both Canada and all those involved in the Winter Olympic Games to be held in 2010. The creators of this program acknowledge that certain of their ideas and proposals may require revision to comply with various policies, regulations and laws. The purpose in producing this report is to provide a basic structure upon which the most successful Olympic Coin Program ever devised can be built and implemented.
Overnight Expert?
I've written a number of articles stressing the importance of gaining knowledge by asking questions. Reading numismatic books is necessary, but not everyone who knows a great deal about coins, and has valuable information to share, has written one. Coin collectors are fortunate because enthusiasts and many dealers are quick to share their knowledge and experiences with others. Much of this important personalized communication can't be found in books.
Attending a Coin Show-Maximizing the Experience
I have attended hundreds of coin shows. At these events I've had the opportunity to observe the activities of many dealers and collectors. Some who attend shows make the most of every available minute. Others seem to wander around lost. Here are a few tips you might use to make the most of your coin show experience.
Rarity vs. Fun
I seriously doubt that most of us would spend as much on our hobby if we didn't expect to recoup a substantial portion of our investment. This seems especially true for those collectors who are willing to spend thousands of dollars to acquire a single coin. Unlike the new boat or motor home, our coins shouldn't drastically depreciate in value...
RCM Products--Can You Afford Them All?
It wasn’t that long ago when a complete set of Royal Canadian Mint products produced in a single year could comfortably be held in two hands. Based on the list of products I’m now seeing offered I wonder if "one of everything" would fit in an oversize suitcase?
Really Using - Getting Extra Bang From The Buck
It seems soon after coins were invented people understood that these little disks could be used as powerful advertising and marketing tools. Putting a king or queen's likeness on coins served to remind everyone about who was in charge and provided a face to put with the name. The peasants might have heard about Leopold the Hogmouth, but seeing him on a coin had to be special.
Recycling the News
The most underutilized source for important and interesting numismatic information can be found in previous issues of publications like Canadian Coin News.
Set Registry Cautions
Participating in any of the currently available Internet set registry programs costs nothing and offers lots of enjoyment at every level. That numismatists can now electronically display and share their coins with other enthusiasts brings a wonderful new dimension to the hobby. But before you get too excited about building a registry set please give some thought to these considerations...
Average Encountered Condition
It's commonly suggested that collectors buy the finest quality they can afford. A practical alternative for the collector who wants to remain actively in the hunt is to compromise a bit and acquire examples of coins that are somewhat superior to what is normally available in the marketplace. It may be true that you never go wrong buying the best. I've also found you can't go too far astray when buying what is at least a little better than what most others have in their collection. My experience has been that it's possible to have lots of fun when collecting coins that are slightly nicer than the "AEC".
Simple Rules For Hobby Success
"Real" Toning or "Artificial"?
For many years coin collectors have vigorously debated the definition of “natural” toning. In my opinion, natural toning is perhaps better described as “by chance” toning. Without intention, a coin is stored in such a way that it acquires coloration that some collectors find attractive.
Coin Dealers Trust Them or Test Them?
I frequently write about this topic because few collectors seem to comprehend the message. I'm hoping repetition leads to understanding.
Type Collecting vs. Complete Sets
I’ve never cared much for building complete sets of coins. For me, the project is too predictable. What I like least is the necessity to often buy many common coins only for the sake of completing the set. I can’t seem to get enthused about spending money on a bunch of “hole fillers”
Value Doesn't Always Mean Money.
Coin prices frequently make headlines in the hobby press. It's news when a coin auction brings $20 million or a single coin sells for more than it would cost to buy a luxurious home.
Do Varieties Really Matter?
Up front, I'll say that I expect this article to generate response from those who don't share my opinion. My reason for exploring this topic is to suggest how important it is for every collector to thoroughly investigate any collecting opportunity before reaching for their wallet or credit card.
That Nasty Why Word
Why do you own certain coins? Acknowledging the contents of your collection is entirely your business and you needn't justify it to anyone, I hope you can supply a quick response that satisfies you.
The Real "Wonder Coins"
I once had the opportunity to examine a hoard of ancient coins fresh from the ground. From roughly woven hemp bags I extracted handfuls of coins. There were nearly 2000 pieces in all. Each of the coins was covered with a thick layer of what looked like crusty tan cement. The filth was so heavy that only the highest portion of the design was visible. The coins could be identified by type. That was about it.
Mostly Brown or Somewhat Red?
The color of a copper or bronze coin often has a major influence on it’s value. For this reason, most grading services incorporate the color of the coin when grading uncirculated examples. The popular designations are Brown, Red and Brown and Red. I can comprehend brown and red. It’s dealing with the combination of these colors that raises some questions for me. Perhaps you can provide some answers? Worst case, we can maybe have fun trying to figure it all out.
Learn About Coins Without Leaving CCRS
How does one begin to learn about coins and coin collecting? In this Instant Information Age, shouldn’t it be simple and done in five steps or less? In one evening, my brother-in-law found out how, with a single call to a 900 number, to make millions in the stock market. Can I learn all I need to know about coins in an hour?
Collecting Small Cents - A Personal Recollection
During the late 50’s and early 60’s (1900 not 1800!) I was an enthusiastic young coin collector living in southeastern Michigan. At a coin show in St. Clair Shores, a dealer from Sarnia, Ontario noticed me walking around looking lost and called me over to his table. "Want to see something special?" he asked. "Look at this."
Rare Canadian coins up for auction in U.S.
NEW YORK - For the first time in history, one of virtually every set of valuable Canadian coins ever minted is being sold at the same time. Experts say the collection outshines the central bank's.
The Bluenose from the new Canadian Hologram Cameo Silver Coin Series
Coin 1 of the Royal Canadian Mint New $20 dollars Sterling Silver and hologram Transportation Series celebrates the Bluenose,.the famous Canadian Fishing schooner built in 1921.
Canadian Paper Money Offers Much To The Beginning Collector
Rare Canadian coin collection nets almost $3 million US in New York auction
NEW YORK (CP) - A rare Canadian coin once called the most valuable in the world by the Guinness Book of Records was sold for $690,000 US to a Calgary dealer at an auction here Monday night.
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Ancient Coins part of the 2001 Torex® public auction sale
MOORE NUMISMATIC AUCTIONS, INC. will offer a comprehensive collection of ancient coins as part of the June, 2001 TOREX® public auction sale. The collection, comprising 388 pieces, consists of bronze, silver and gold coins from the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras, and was formed over a thirty year period between 1940 and 1970.
CNA Auction Tops One Million Dollars
This year’s Canadian Numismatic Association Auction set many records. The auction, which was held in Vancouver in conjunction with the annual CNA Convention, was conducted by Michael Walsh, the Canadian Coinoisseur and had total sales in excess of 1.1 million dollars. This sets the new Canadian record for prices realized in a numismatic auction, eclipsing the previous mark set in 1999 by Charles Moore with the Bank of Canada Archive Sale.
C.N.A. E-Bulletin Volume 2, Number 22 - August 25, 2006
C.N.A. Seminar Scheduled For February Torex.
The winter edition of Torex, Canada’s most popular collectors’ show, will feature a seminar hosted by the Canadian Numismatic Association. With the theme of “Royal Canadian Mint Errors,” the presentations will feature two prominent speakers known for their involvement with the organized hobby of error collecting.
C.N.A. E-Bulletin Volume 2, Number 25 - September 20, 2006
C.N.A. E-Bulletin - Vol. 1 No. 2 February 1, 2005
Wow. Thanks for all the compliments. I realize that an inning does not a ballgame make, so we will have to try really hard to continue to earn your affection. And admiration?
C.N.A. E-Bulletin - Vol. 1 No. 3  -  February 10, 2005
We have heard of a few people clicking on the "Reply" button when they receive the C.N.A. E-Bulletin to respond. They got bounced back because we were not set up that way at the time, mainly due to the fact that we had not set up our new Website for that purpose.
C.N.A. E-Bulletin - Vol. 1 No. 4 - February 20, 2005
Thank you for all the e-mails. Keep them coming, because that way we know that you actually read them rather than simply clicking on the "delete" button. But don't mind if we don't respond to your individual e-mails. Just sit back and wait for them to be published in a subsequent issue.
C.N.A. E-Bulletin Volume 2, Number 27 - September 25, 2006
C.N.A. E-Bulletin - Volume 1, Number 5 - March 1, 2005
C.N.A. E-Bulletin Number 7 - March 20, 2005
The cat is out of the bag!
C.N.A. E-Bulletin - Volume 2, Number 24 - September 10, 2006
C.N.A. E-Bulletin Volume 2, Number 30 - October 20, 2006
C.N.A. E-Bulletin Volume 3, Number 16 - March 16, 2007
Are male collectors genuinely show-offs? "Colonial Homes" magazine did a survey revealing the differences of opinion between men and women when it comes to what they would want in their ideal home. (Eighty-eight percent of the total respondents were collectors.) Twenty-seven percent of the men said they wanted a separate room designed to showcase their collections, whereas only seven percent of the women wanted such a room. According to editor Annette Stramesi, "Women perhaps blend their collections into the overall interior design of their home. Men seem to want their own 'collectors' cabinets to show the results of their treasured hunts."
Canadian Numismatic Association E-Bulletin Volume 3, Number 22 - April 6, 2007
Hundreds of coins found in patient's belly
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- French doctors were taken aback when they discovered the reason for a patient's sore, swollen belly: He had swallowed around 350 coins -- $650 worth -- along with assorted necklaces and needles.
Coin Grading Test
In early October, of 2004, following discussions on, I asked if some of the members would like to join a small group, and submit coins to two grading services, and working on the theory that raw coins only would be sent, I immediately had several takers.
The CCRS is proud to receive The CoinLink "Site of the Week" Award
The "CoinLink Numismatic Portal and Rare Coins Directory" Website has selected The Canadian Coin Reference Site as numismatic The "Site of the Week" Award for June 23, 2003.
Niagara men charged with counterfeiting
WELLAND, Ont. (CP) - Police say they have broken a counterfeit ring responsible for thousands of dollars worth of bogus bills circulating in the Niagara Region and surrounding areas.
E DAY arrives in Europe
At midnight tonight, the largest currency change in world history takes place as some 300 million Europeans bid farewell to the franc, mark, drachma, peseta, lira, gulden, schilling, markka and escudo. Starting tomorrow morning, everyone in 12 member nations of the European Union will start using euro notes and coins for cash transactions.
Check out the Upcoming February 2004 Torex® Auction Catalogue on eBay LiveAuctions
Michael Walsh, The Canadian Coinoisseur, has scanned in and uploaded all content for the February 28 & 29 Torex® auction (1,863 LOTS!!). A huge amount of work to be sure!
Don't miss.... this weekend's Torex® - Canada's National Coin Show!
Come on out for this weekend's Torex® coin show in downtown Toronto! The much awaited two day event opens to the general public on Saturday, February 22, 2003 at the Novotel Toronto - Centre in downtown Toronto.
Don't miss....Torex® - Canada's National Coin Show!
The much-awaited two-day winter Torex® Coin Show opens to the general public at 10am on Saturday, February 28, 2004 and continues through Sunday February 29, 2004 at the Novotel Toronto - Centre in the St. Lawrence Market district of historic Old Town Toronto (Note: auctions always begin on Fridays).
Don't miss this weekend's TOREX Coin Show & Auctions at the Hyatt Regency on King in downtown Toronto. Doors open at 10am!
TOREX is the best place to buy, sell, trade and evaluate your coins.
The February 2008 Torex® Auction
The Canadian Coinoisseur February Torex® Auction has strength and depth in many areas besides the expected Maritime and Canadian Decimal coins. There are outstanding selections of Paper Money, Pre-Confederation Tokens, Gold Coins and United States Coins, and the vast majority of the lots are offered without reserve.
The February 2001 Torex® Show was another successful event, according to all reports. Dealers reported brisk business, both with the public as well as amongst themselves. Collectors in decimal coins, paper money and tokens also reported satisfaction in their acquisitions of material. Some pieces of jewellery also found new homes.
1921 Canadian 50 cents sells at TOREX
The 1921 Canadian 50 cents sold for $235,000 plus the buyers fee of 18% at last weekend's TOREX auction.
Many Rarities in the February Torex® Auction
Michael Walsh, the Canadian Coinoisseur has catalogued an outstanding auction for the next Torex®. Many significant rarities are included among the 948 lots and the sale has a total catalogue value well in excess of one million dollars. The auction will be conducted in two evening sessions, 7 PM on Friday and 5 PM on Saturday the 23rd and 24th of February at the Primrose Hotel in downtown Toronto.
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Order 4 CCRS Marketplace Credits in September/October 2013 and select "Cheque or Money Order" as your form of payment. You will not be charged for your first order as part of this promotion!
An open letter to the coin community from Ian Laing, President of Gatewest Coin
Statements and claims have been made by various individuals regarding Gatewest Coins' ability to carry and sell certain coins made by the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Difference Between Grade and Appearance
It is difficult for some collectors to comprehend that when considering the attributes of many Canadian coins the technical grade may be of secondary importance. It is entirely possible that a coin deserving the Very Fine grade can be more attractive and desirable than one properly graded as Extremely Fine. It is also quite common to find a situation where two coins that are rightly given the same grade can vary greatly when we consider all the attributes of each piece.
The Great Horned Owl 50 Cent Proof Coin
One of four year 2000 Canadian Fifty Cent Sterling Silver Proof coins celebrating species of Birds of Prey.
Alert: Major Burglary after weekend CAND Coin Show in Hamilton, Ontario.
This "break in" occurred about 7:00 pm, Jan 25. On the east Hamilton mountain. No one injured, fairly extensive damage to the house, door and windows broken. The total value of this one is well over $100,000, none of which is insured.
Handy & Harman of Canada, Limited has been granted a license by the Minister of Finance to melt and recycle Canadian silver coins.
Sid and Alicia Belzberg Collection of Canadian Coinage
Heritage World Coin Auctions of Dallas, Texas has been awarded the honor of auctioning the renowned Sid and Alicia Belzberg collection of Canadian coinage. The collection is virtually complete & legendary among Canadian coin collectors.
The Newfoundland 1896 Ten Cent Piece
There is an interesting observation in the 1896 Newfoundland ten cent pieces in that many collectors call this a "sleeper" date- I would tend to agree. I have my reasons for this and they are twofold.
This paper is being written to discuss the Rare/Scarce/Rare appearance of the 1944 NFLD. 1 cent/5 cent/10 cent pieces respectively as the appear in the marketplace and why. I recently wandered through a copy of a 1983 edition of "Currency and Medals of Newfoundland". In this process it became apparent to me as to why the above coins are so difficult to find.
Diverse offerings at Torex® sale
Jeffrey Hoare Auctions has come up with another diverse selection for the June Torex® sale.
Vodka, Soda, 1 Ice Cube & Lime
Who eats, works, dreams, talks, sleeps, walks, collects, authenticates, catalogues, instructs ---in a word--- lives numismatics? Ingrid Smith-Hölker In fact the only thing she does not do is drink numismatics. I can attest to the fact that she drinks vodka (neat).
CCRS Discussion Notice
Although common internet practice is for the host of such discussion groups not to interfere in or edit any threads or posts, it has come to the attention of the CCRS webmaster that certain posts by some participants violated our policy of fairness and honesty in all postings.
The Story Behind The Slab - Certifying Canadian Coins
Collectors at one time or another typically ponder whether coin certification is worth the costs involved. Typically these collectors have purchased raw material from a variety of sources, or found examples in pocket change. This article is intended to give basic advice to such individuals, in hopes of clarifying the benefits of certification and when such certification may be necessary.
Don't miss... Torex - Canada's National Coin Show! - Saturday June 29 & Sunday June 30 @ The Hyatt Regency on King in downtown Toronto!
Don't miss... Torex - Canada's National Coin Show at the Fabulous Hyatt Regency on King in downtown Toronto's vibrant Entertainment District! Enjoy 2 days of exciting coin action with over 40 of Canada's Finest Dealers. Torex auction lot viewing begins on Thursday, June 27.
June 2000 Upcoming Canadian Coin Shows
Don't miss.... Torex® - Canada's National Coin Show! 
The much-awaited two-day summer Torex® Coin Show opens to the general public at 10am on Saturday, June 26, 2004 and continues through Sunday June 27, 2004 at the Novotel Toronto - Centre in the St. Lawrence Market district of historic Old Town Toronto (Note: Session 1 of the June 2004 Torex® auction will begin on Thursday June 24, 2004 @ 7pm). 
Coin collector learns the difference between legal tender and spending money the hard way
What’s the difference between legal tender and spending money? A big headache for a Scarborough man who learned the hard way that banks aren’t obligated to honour collector’s coins at face value, even if they come from the Royal Canadian Mint.
Lower Canada Auction to conduct the February and October 2013 Torex Auctions
Torex is very pleased to welcome Mr. Louis Chevrier and Lower Canada Auction to the Torex Coin Show team.
Using a Magnifying Glass
Even the most eagle-eyed professional numismatists will sometimes "cheat" and use a magnifying glass to supplement their normal vision. The really intelligent pros put vanity aside and realize it is worth the time and effort to get the best possible look at any potential purchase.
Introducing the new Canadian Coin Reference Site Marketplace!
I am pleased to announce the introduction of the new Canadian Coin Reference Site Marketplace, the exciting new online venue to buy & sell numismatic collectibles and related items.
The CCRS Marketplace Christmas Special!
Now is the perfect time to buy and sell on the Canadian Coin Reference Site Marketplace!
Mike Marshall receives RCNA Presidential Award
On Saturday June 28 @ the Torex Coin Show at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel CCRS member, Mike Marshall was awarded for his diligence in combatting counterfeit coins.
RCNA to Present Award to Mike Marshall
The President of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Michael Walsh has authorized an award to be presented to Mike Marshall at the upcoming Torex Coin Show.
Royal Canadian Mint Rings in 2013 with new Collector Coins Celebrating Canadian Heritage and History
100th Anniversary of Canadian Arctic Expedition; the 100 year-old Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Collection; O Canada subscription series; and 2013 World Baseball ClassicTM are some of the many themes kicking off the Mint’s first launch of the year.
Royal Canadian Mint Adds Unique Security Feature to its Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coin
Already sought world-wide for its exceptional 99.99% purity, the Royal Canadian Mint’s market-leading Gold Maple Leaf (GML) bullion coin now boasts unprecedented security due to the addition of an advanced visual security feature. An intricately micro-engraved design produced by the Mint’s innovative use of laser technology makes its debut on the reverse “Maple Leaf” side of the 2013-dated 1 oz. GML and will be a permanent addition to the Mint’s flagship gold bullion coin.
News Flash!!!
News Flash! Torex® official Auctioneer, Charles Moore will appear Friday morning between 7 & 9am on CityTV's 'Breakfast Television.'
Moore's February 2007 Torex® Auction
- Featuring over 2350 lots of Canadian, Newfoundland, and World coins, banknotes and tokens.
MOORE'S February 2005 Torex® Auction Features over 2,400 Lots
An impressive Banknote Collection featuring a Dominion of Canada, 1911 $500.00 note. Bank of Canada and Chartered Canadian Banknote Proof, Specimens and rare issued notes and Mint State Victorian, Edwardian and George V coinage and patterns highlight the 2005 TOREX auction sale.
1921 50 cent piece to sell at Torex®
The upcoming Torex® show auction will be conducted by Moore Numismatic Auctions, Inc. The "King" of Canadian Coins A Mint State, 1921 Fifty Cents will be up for auction.
MOORE'S June 2004 Torex® Auction features over 2700 lots.
An impressive Maritime Banknote Collection with additional Dominion of Canada, Bank of Canada and Chartered Canadian Banknote Collections, and Mint State Victorian, Edwardian and George V coinage highlight the 2004 TOREX auction sale.
Moore's October 2007 Torex® Auction Features Over 2150 Lots of Canadian, Newfoundland, and World Coins, Banknotes, and Tokens
An impressive Banknote Collection featuring Dominion of Canada, Bank of Canada and Chartered Canadian Banknotes, as well as extensive collections of Proofs and Specimens and rare Scrip. Mint State Victorian, Edwardian and George V coinage and patterns, early Specimen Sets and Modern coinage in MS-69 to SP-70 also highlight the October 2007 Torex® auction sale.
Moore's October 2005 Torex® Auction Features Over 2,400 Lots
New $100 note with improved security features goes into circulation March 17, 2004.
The new $100 note was unveiled on 28 January 2004. It will go into circulation beginning 17 March 2004. It is the third in the new series of bank notes called Canadian Journey. This new series features themes that celebrate Canada's history, culture, and achievements.
Free Coin Show Listings!
The Canadian Coin Reference Site is very pleased to announce the redesign and launch of its new Coin Show Directory!
The Newfoundland Series
Newfoundland started as the first British colony during the Elizabethan times, which had it's first residence built in St. John's in 1528. There have been some interesting influences on it's economy and thus is currency such as the Great Depression of the 1870's in particular 1873-1877 as well as the bank failures of the mid-1890's.
Torex® - Canada's National Coin Show moves to new venue in October 2002
The Torex® Coin Show - Canada's National Coin Show moves to a new venue in October 2002. Contracts were officially signed today at the Novotel Toronto Centre booking Torex® for 4 shows, first show starting October 2002.
State quarter has a 2001 date with Lady Liberty
Don't miss.... Torex® - Canada's National Coin Show!
The much-awaited two-day fall Torex® Coin Show opens to the general public at 10am on Saturday, October 25, 2003 and continues through Sunday October 26, 2003 at the Novotel Toronto - Centre Hotel in the St. Lawrence Market district of historic Old Town Toronto (Note: auctions always begin on Fridays).
Don't miss.... Torex® - Canada's National Coin Show!
The much-awaited two-day Fall Torex® Coin Show will open to the general public at 10am on Saturday, October 30, 2004 and continues through Sunday October 31, 2004 at the Novotel Toronto - Centre in the St. Lawrence Market district of historic Old Town Toronto. The October 2004 auction will will be conducted in three sessions, beginning on Thursday 28 October.
Get Ready for a great weekend of Coin Action at Torex®!
This weekend in downtown Toronto is Torex® - Canada's National Coin Show! Don't miss this one!! It's going to be great!
The Sucre Stops Here
Canadian mint to produce three-cent coin
Details of collector's item are being kept under wraps
The June 2004 Torex® exceeded all my expectations.
A perfect and hospitable weekend with blue skies and a radiant sun set the stage for the weekend June 2004 Torex® Coin Show in downtown Toronto. This show completely exceeded all of my expectations.
War of 1812 Hero Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel De Salaberry Commemorated on Royal Canadian Mint 25-Cent Circulation Coin
The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to honour the Hero of Châteauguay; Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel de Salaberry on its newest 25-cent circulation coin commemorating the heroes of the War of 1812, unveiled today by Mr. Guy Dancosse of the Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors and Mr. Guy Vadeboncoeur, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Stewart Museum at the Stewart Museum in Montreal, Quebec. It is the third of four circulation coins which commemorate key historical figures which influenced the fight for Canada from 1812 to 1814.
Royal Canadian Mint Wins Best Graphic Design Award for its 2012 Gift Sets
The Royal Canadian Mint was recently awarded gold in the category of Graphic Design Miscellaneous for its 2012 “Celebration” Gift Sets by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC). Now in its 63rd year, ADCC celebrates the exceptional work in advertising, graphic design, editorial design and interactive media to promote the highest professional standards and excellence in Canada’s creative community.
Royal Canadian Mint wishes Canada's athletes luck with the 2012 Lucky Loonie circulation coin
Calgary, Alberta – July 19, 2012 - The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue Canada’s latest commemorative circulation coin, the 2012 Lucky Loonie. The coin, which was unveiled today at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, will serve as a good luck charm for Canadian athletes competing in London at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “Our Government will soon join Canadians from coast to coast to coast as they cheer on our athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Deepak
New Royal Canadian Mint Collector Products Honour Canada's Retiring "Penny" Circulation Coin.
The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to honour Canada’s iconic “penny” circulation coin, whose production officially ended on May 4, 2012, with an exquisite array of fine silver and gold collectibles, as well as gift products, which pay respect to the penny’s unforgettable legacy as both a pillar of Canadian commerce and an integral part of our cultural history. These limited-edition products include a miniature pure gold coin; a selectively gold-plated silver coin; a five-ounce silver coin; and a five-coin set of fine silver “penny-sized” coins showcasing the evolution of one-cent circulation coin designs since the Mint first opened for business in 1908. Launch plans for the last one million pennies produced for circulation will be announced at a later date.
Monarchy and History Meet Nature and Culture on the Royal Canadian Mint's Newest Collector Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint continues to celebrate Canada’s diverse heritage with a new release of collector coins showcasing our stories, symbols and traditions in an abundant variety of designs and innovative craftsmanship. Themes ranging from the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 250th anniversary of the end of the Seven Years War, to new series on animal architects and unique perspectives on our magnificent maple trees are found on a dazzling array of coins featuring vibrant colour, intricate engraving and innovative materials and finishes. These latest products have been available for purchase since April 9, 2013.
Art and Nature Continue to Shine on the Royal Canadian Mint's Newest Collector Coins
Canada’s magnificent wildlife and artistic talent are once again taking centre stage on the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest offering of finely crafted collector products. Themes such as the Bighorn Sheep of Canada’s Rockies to the Bald Eagles which grace our skies, as well as the classic works of the Group of Seven and the contemporary creations of our aboriginal artists, have inspired new keepsakes in platinum, gold and silver, some of which feature technical enhancements such as detailed colouring and niobium inserts. All of these products are now available from the Mint and its network of official distributors.
Royal Canadian Mint Achieves $1 Billion in Revenue in Single Quarter for First Time in its History
Milestone highlighted in Corporation’s second quarter financial report
War of 1812 Hero Major-General Sir Isaac Brock Commemorated on Royal Canadian Mint 25-Cent Circulation Coin
On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock’s death on the battlefield at Queenston Heights, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today unveiled a new Royal Canadian Mint circulation coin honouring his memory as a hero of the War of 1812. This is the first of four circulation coins which commemorate key historical figures who influenced the fight for Canada from 1812 to 1814
Fall Season Yields Bounty of Royal Canadian Mint Collector Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint is offering customers a dazzling selection of new collector coins as a broad range of Canadian themes and anniversaries continue to inspire uniquely designed and finely crafted keepsakes. From 50 years of Canadian peacekeeping in Cyprus to the 25th anniversary of the Mint’s world-renowned Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin, to majestic symbols of nature; treasured reminders of the holiday season; or coin and stamp sets celebrating Canada’s NHLTM teams, choices abound for collectors and gift-givers. These new releases are now available from the Mint and its network of official distributors.
Nature, History and Numismatic Art Strike a Note on the Royal Canadian Mint's Newest
The Royal Canadian Mint’s has issued new collector coins which celebrate Canada’s legendary nature and wildlife and open new windows on our past.
Royal Canadian Mint Opens Plating Facility Expansion and Hieu C. Truong Centre of Excllence for Research and Development
Today the Royal Canadian Mint officially opened its plating facility expansion and the Hieu C. Truong Centre of Excellence for Research and Development. The plating expansion will enable the Mint to increase production of multi-ply plated steel blanks and other advanced plated products by two billion pieces per year, while the Centre of Excellence, which was named for one of the Mint’s most celebrated innovators, will ensure that the Corporation remains at the leading edge of minting technology.
The Royal Canadian Mint Honours the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice with a Special Edition Silver Dollar
To join Canadians in honouring Canada’s Korean War veterans, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a special edition, 99.99% pure silver dollar commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice. This new collector coin was unveiled at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for la Francophonie, and Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates the 300th Anniversary Of Louisbourg with Collector Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint is joining the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Louisbourg settlement by issuing two new gold and silver collector coins. The coins were unveiled by Kirk MacRae, member of the Royal Canadian Mint’s Board of Directors, at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
Canadian Celebrity Martin Short Partners with the Royal Canadian Mint to Design a Special Collector Coin
One of Canada’s most treasured personalities, comedian Martin Short, has partnered with the Royal Canadian Mint to deliver his own touching and intimate perspective of Canada on a new $3 fine silver collector coin.
From High Seas Drama to Summer Fun at the Lake, The Royal Canadian Mint's Newest Collector Coins Open Many New Windows on the Story of Canada
Canadians have countless ways to define their identity; from proud historical moments to fond memories of outdoor life.
Royal Canadian Mint Coins Celebrate The 75th Anniversary Of Ducks Unlimited Canada While Honouring Other Icons Of Canadian Nature, Culture And History
Coloured male and female Mallards on coins honouring Ducks Unlimited Canada are joined by other nature subjects such as the Bald Eagle; American Robin; Twelve-Spotted Skimmer dragonfly and Blue flag Iris. Canada’s Maple Leaf Tartan appears in a new 50-cent product as other popular series continue
Royal Canadian Mint's advanced $1 and $2 circulation coins win International Excellence in Currency award for "Best New Coin Innovation"
The Royal Canadian Mint overcame strong competition today from Britain's Royal Mint and the Mint of Finland to win the inaugural Best New Coin Innovation Excellence in Currency Awards presented by the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA). This official recognition confirms the suite of advanced security features the Mint developed for Canada's new multi-ply plated steel $1 and $2 circulation coins as the world's most significant coin security advance of the year. The award was presented at IACA's Coin Conference in Berlin, Germany on October 29, 2013.
A National Treasure Resurfaces as the Royal Canadian Mint Offers Rare Opportunity to Own Canada's First Gold Coins, Crafted with Pride from 1912-1914
The Royal Canadian Mint is delighted to put a national treasure back in the hands of Canadians by offering the public the unique chance to buy part of a rare collection of Canada’s first gold coins, produced by the Mint from 1912 to 1914 and not seen since the outbreak of the First World War.
Royal Canadian Mint to Design, Produce Medals for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
The medals awarded to the top athletes competing at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will be designed and produced by one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world: the Royal Canadian Mint.
Royal Canadian Mint Delivers Striking Tribute to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge
Today at Rideau Hall, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada unveiled two beautifully designed collector coins and a collector coin set celebrating the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. His Excellency was joined at the event by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Royal Canadian Mint Launches Disctinctive One Gram Legal Tender Gold Bullion Coins with 2014 Buillion Maplgram25™
Renowned 99.99% pure Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins now available in new one gram size, packaged in sets of 25 individually serialized coins
Coins Fit for the Ultimate Superhero: The Royal Canadian Mint Unveils New Collector Coins to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Superman™
In the heart of the city that inspired Metropolis, the famous backdrop against which the story of Superman™ has been told since 1938, the Royal Canadian Mint has released seven exciting new coins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world’s most celebrated Super Hero. Co-created by Canadian Joe Shuster and his American collaborator Jerry Siegel, the Man of Steel is now honoured on collector coins which were unveiled today at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square by Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Red Tailed-Hawk 50 Cent Proof Coin
One of four year 2000 Canadian Fifty Cent Sterling Silver Proof coins celebrating species of Birds of Prey.
Heads and Tails
Making money from coin collecting isn't that hard if you're methodical and, let's face it, a little nerdy
The Second Side & Grading
When the opportunity presents itself, watch someone examine a Canadian coin with the intention of grading it. Based on my experience, the majority of graders will spend more time studying the obverse. From what I've seen, it is rare indeed to find a grader of Canadian coins who will begin the examination by reviewing the coin's reverse side.
Celebrating Learning and Sharing Across The Generations - September 25-Cent Coin Launched
A design by Cezar Serbanescu, a seventeen-year old Montrealer, has been chosen in the Royal Canadian Mint's "Create a Centsation!" competition for the September 2000 coin. His passion for the design and his desire to provide something new to his country inspired him to enter the contest. By choosing Wisdom as his theme, he has captured Canada's mentoring tradition.
Brass In Pocket - Investing and Collecting Coins
Coin collecting, or numismatics, is an interesting segment of the collectibles market. People collect coins for their aesthetic appeal, but also for their investment potential. More than this, however, people appreciate that they are unique items that have a staying power like few other collectibles. Very seldom do you see a plush toy that is several hundred years old.
‘Shill’ coin bids in eBay auctions draw complaints
Collectors, dealers say abusers are let off too easily.
Stolen Coins Alert!!
The coins listed were stolen from Phil Smith (Phil's Coins) while returning home from the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Coin Show. The theft occurred on Saturday, January 10, 2004 in Valdosta, Georgia at approximately 7:30 PM. The coins were stolen from his automobile. Phil did not incur any physical harm. The coins were contained in a large and a small brown briefcase. Checks and cash were contained in a red bank deposit bag from Fulton National Bank in Atlanta.

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