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C.N.A. E-Bulletin - Vol. 1 No. 2 February 1, 2005

C.N.A. E-Bulletin Editor

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?

Because a lot of the e-mail addresses came from third parties or people who hade-mailed the C.N.A. inquiring about on thing or another, we thought we would gethundreds of please delete e-mails. So what happened? We received a totalof eleven. That's out of a total of 1,977 it was mailed to. During the sametime, we received requests to add an additional 60 (to whom we also sent itbelatedly), thanks to postings on the Canadian Coin Reference Site (, mention in the Bibliomania's E-Sylum
(, recipients forwarding it to friends,dealers passing it on to customers and responses to flyers left on info tablesat various coin shows. This makes the mailing of this issue 2,016. We cancertainly add a lot more if you either send us e-mail addresses or your friendsthat you pass this bulletin along to contact us.

Your C.N.A. E-Bulletin Editor has a problem. He has so much material on handthat he is anxious to publish, he is thinking of publishing bulletins on the10th and the 20th of February, rather than just on the 15th. So unless hereceives a number of objections, expect to see the next one on the 10th. And itwill be virtually impossible to stop him because he is enjoying it so much!

We received constructive suggestions from a number of people dealing with futurecontent and its order. The first person to contact us, by telephone, and talkedabout the bulletin was Troy Carlson (he will receive a set of six collectiblescatalogues donated by Charlton Press). The Toronto Coin Club discussed the firstissue at their January meeting the same evening it was mailed out (they willalso receive a set of 6 catalogues for their door draws). Paul Petch and
Nicholas M. Graver also made suggestions.. One of the suggestions was to reducethe width of the text across the sheet. However, this is within your controlanyway. Rather than reading the message full-screen, reduce the size of thewindow your message appears in so that the text is as wide as you wish it to be.It will wrap around to any width you set it at, without the possibility ofhaving one or two words overflow into the next line, like happened in our tests.If we're wrong, I know we'll get e-mail!s. It will also look better for those that print it out. Unfortunately, becauseit is sent in plain text so it can be read by everybody, we cannot dressup its appearance.

A few representative e-mails received were:

Joe Kennedy: I am interested in receiving the e-mail newsletter. I heardabout it on the Canadian Coin Reference Site. I am not a member of the CNA.We are including this to take the opportunity to thank Web Master Brian Smith and the participants of this popular discussion site for commenting about our first bulletin. Its Website is The other site he maintains is for his popular thrice-yearly Torex coin show.

Jim Majoros: Great idea for the E-Bulletin. Enjoyed it and the variety of comments that may give me an idea for our clubs in New Jersey. Had dinner with Paul Johnson (your Education Director) and his wife and daughter at the ANA convention in Pittsburgh and really enjoyed their company. Would like to becomea member of the CNA, but need an application. Is it on line? Although not a Canadian coin collector and not too much of one overall, I really enjoy the mixof comments in the various publications. (Jim is the ANA National YN Coordinator, Vice President of GSNA in New Jersey and President of the OceanCounty Coin Club, New Jersey) Membership details can be found on the C.N.A.'s Website at It is not our intention to aggressively push membership here, but if anyone wants to receive a fewsamples of recent Journals (mailed to members ten times per calendar year) without cost or obligation, drop the Executive Secretary a note at c!

Nicholas M. Graver: Greetings, and congrats on launching your new e-pub. Here is a constructive suggestion to make it easier for the busy reader to finddesired sections and concentrate on topics of interest. Organize it so Educational articles of general numismatic interest are grouped together,preferably at the top. Letters to the editor, commenting on previous topics could be next. Then get to the local "newsletter" type material. Keep themeeting notices, "Wanted", happenings, sick list, obituaries, and other regional topics grouped together. That way, busy readers, having limited time and much
mail can quickly concentrate on their favorite articles. And, the non-member (whom you invite to subscribe) is not missing valuable/educational topics thatcould be buried within the local news. I take my hat off to you for starting such a venture. We hear of other groups that have lost their momentum, so this is an exciting move. We were planning a less structured bull!etin so you never know what to expect next, with the only thought being that we would place humor near the beginning, the middle and well as in-between. What do others think? As for momentum, a bulletin is only as good asits editor. The executive has given me freedom to run with it (I bet they
didn't expect to have anywhere near 2,000 subscribers this early in the
game!). Your editor does not get paid a single red cent (or even a VG) and has also donated all costs associated with the e-mail address When I stop having fun with it, I will ask the C.N.A. President to find a replacement!

Wayne Homren: Your newsletter looks great and I look forward to reading it.You are free to reprint anything from The E-Sylum as long as credit is given. (Wayne is the award-winning editor of the E-Sylum, the electronic bulletin ofthe Bibliomania Society) - Check out their Website at where you can view back issues of their publication as well as subscribe to it. In our first C.N.A. E-Bulletin, wecongratulated Wayne on his ANA Best Electronic Bulletin Award' and stated that we will try to give him a real good run for their money. His response wasBring it on! It's a big world of numismatics out there, and cyberspace never runs out of room. Spoken like a true gentleman!

Alan Kreuzer: I enjoyed your newsletter. I think that it would be nice if you reported new varieties (major) and some neat stuff that sold in auctions. I am a U.S. dealer but have enjoyed all forms of numismatics for 50 years. I see that a 1936 far just sold for 10k!!!! Things like that are always interesting. If recipients make us aware of new finds and other interesting bits of information, we can publish it. Speaking of auctions, we picked up the details about the three Brasher doubloons from Numismatic News' e-Bulletin in this issue.

Clifford Mishler: Congratulations on your initiative and interest in
launching C.N.A. E-Bulletin. I found scanning the first issue to be both an interesting and informative exercise. I had presumed that would be the case, as since vacating my office at Krause Publications about 20 months ago, I sometimes find myself a bit out-of-the-loop from an informational standpoint, thus Ireally enjoy scouring for content all of the organizational publications that reach me. I am pleased with your visualized objective of not only being informative, but also entertaining and engaging. I look forward to receivingfuture issues twice monthly. Thanks for enrolling me. And, it is always enjoyable seeing one's name in print, as notoriety is part of the meal ofcontinued involvement. Thanks again for accepting the commitment you have. Thanks for the kind words. And thanks for not dropping out entirely as quite often happens when someone retires. Keep in touch.

Denis F. DeBan: Thank you for sending me your e-mail newsletter. I belong to the A.N.A and have completed their Basic and Advance Grading Summer Classes and counterfeit Detection. My specialty is in U.S. Morgan Silver Dollars from 1878,the first year minted with eight tail feathers and the Carson City Nevada minted dollars. Other interests include Canadian commemoratives in silver and goldincluding Proof Sets with commemorative dollars. I have also put on the Boy
Scout Merit Badge Coin Collecting class and collect Olympic and World Cup Soccer coinage. Historic events commemorated with medals or coins fill out my otherinterests. I look forward to receiving future newsletters. When we first began working on this bulletin, we promised ourselves that we would only send itto dedicated, involved numismatists. If you and the preceding respondent, Cliff Mishler, just to name two, are any indication, looks like we succeeded!

Thank you for sending me copy of your new C.N.A. E-Bulletin. Considering this was your first effort and you had to come up with its contents all on your own,it is outstanding! You must have great parents to raise such an intelligent young man - From your mother!

And we have lots more -mails, but we cannot keep filling the whole bulletin with just letters. We have already been accused of making Issue No. 1 too long, atradition we have maintained in this issue also! So if you do not see any congratulatory e-mails in future, we either chose not to run them...or we didn't receive any.

We should mention that although we will include names in this bulletin if we publish excerpts from your e-mails, we do not include any sort of an address because of privacy issues and in a lot of instances we do not know what it is. We only keep the e-mail address in our database, without even your name.

In the last issue, we ask for your pet peeves. The first person to
respond...actually, the only person... was Alan Kreuzer, who says: Men thatdo not lift the seat up before urinating in a toilet! I just came from the FUNshow and some dealer did this and I looked him in the eye, and said that I hopedthat the next time he HAD to REALLY go, that some other slob didn't lift theseat. When he realized that I was slamming him, he smiled and walked away.

For being the first, we are pleased to send Alan six different collectible
catalogues donated by Charlton Press. Incidentally, if you wish to see thefantastic list of numismatic and other collectible catalogues available fromCharlton Press, one of the C.N.A.'s Corporate Sponsors, go to

In response to our request for New Years Superstitions, Frank Fesco writes:For the last 80+ years of my recollection, we have maintained an odd Danishcustom of jumping into the New Year from some low perch with food in one handand a coin in the other. It was supposed to ensure adequate sustenance andwealth throughout the coming year. It must work, for we have always had amplefood, my coin collection has exceeded even my own expectations, and we are still
healthy enough for the effort. The custom is now being continued by my childrenand grandchildren. Frank was first on this one. He also receives 6 differentcollectible catalogues donated by Charlton Press.

From Monina Regitko: Re superstitions, at a Filipino wedding, the bride andgroom exchange coins for good fortune and a prosperous life. As well, it iscustom for Filipinos to jump from small heights before Easter Sunday. This wassupposed to help make us grow taller. Judging by the average height ofFilipinos, it doesn't work, does it?

From John Regitko: When you give someone a gift of a purse or wallet, youshould put a penny (or some other coin) in it, which I think is very much auniversal custom all year round.

Congratulations to Carolyne-Marie Petch for being selected as one of only threeofficial Canadian representatives to attend the Good Shepherd CatechisesInternational Council / 50th Anniversary meeting in Rome at the end of October.

Carolyne-Marie is known to many C.N.A. members as both the wife the C.N.A. 1stVice-President & Editor, Paul Petch, and as the Chairman of the hospitalitycommittee during the 2004 C.N.A. Convention.

In her work, Carolyne-Marie prepares children for first communion and alsotrains adults in how to do the same work by serving as a team member of acertificate program at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto.

A collecting sidelight to the trip was the preparation of a commemorative woodto celebrate the anniversary of this work that began in Rome 50 years ago. Thereare 100 woods with the 50th anniversary side in gold and the Good Shepherd sidein green. These woods were handed out as souvenirs from the members of the
Canadian contingent. An additional 200 woods with both sides green were producedfor friends. The woods were manufactured by Norm's Wooden Nickels.

We are very interested in obtaining names of well-known living Canadians thatare coin collectors. They can be from any field: sports, entertainment(recording, acting, comedy), arts, authors, financial, business, science,medicine. Reason: we might wish to contact them to assist us in publicappearances to promote the hobby.

Lest everyone sends us the name of Wayne Gretzky, we know, we know!

In the last issue, we mentioned Bernie O'Neil's idea of the Canadian BankingSystem, as published in The North York Mirror. It evolved around a woman finding$40,000 and turning it into the bank that didn't lose it...but they took itand gave the woman $2,000 for her honesty. We must confess we did wonder when weread that, about the honesty of the bank in keeping the other $38,000 that they
acknowledged did not belong to them.

I don't know about you, but if somebody gave me $40,000 that didn't belongto me, I would show real kindness and give the single woman on welfare with sixkids half of it back. We would figure it was worth $20,000 to get $20,000,wouldn't you? That's a better offer than we keep receiving from theNigerians who promise us a measly 25%, although we have to confess that is on anamount of $25 million or $100 million or $225 million depending on what day ofthe week it is. But we digress.

Back to the $40,000 the woman found. It keeps getting weirder.

Government officials said they'd have to claw back her welfare payments,because she just came into $2,000. They were going to deduct a certain amountfrom her monthly welfare payments (six kids, no husband around, that's part ofthe Canadian social safety net that is the envy of the rest of the world) untilthe $2,000 was clawed back.

We wonder if the woman is sorry that she turned it in, in the first place?

Christine Smith and her daughter were driving their car on Sunday, January 30.They decided to switch seats and therefore stopped in someone's driveway. Whenthey got to their destination, they realized that their pouch containing $1,000in cash for rent deposit, was missing. They surmised that it must have fallenout when they switched place, so drove back to the driveway and knocked on the
owner's door. They explained to Pierre Drew, who answered the door, why theywere there. He went into the living room and returned with the missing pouch,complete with the cash.

The Smiths wanted to give him a reward but he refused, finally agreeing toaccept a small gift for his daughter. Maybe he heard the problems the woman fromthe previous article was having with the Welfare people and figures he wouldonly get razzed by Revenue Canada Taxation if he accepted anything?

At least he didn't take it to the local bank!

Bob Merchant says: On January 28, 2005, I received a 1944-S U.S. Jefferson"wartime" nickel in change at a Dunkin' Donuts store in Florida. I knew when Iheard it jingling in my pocket that I had an unusual coin - it just didn't"sound right". I took the coin out of my pocket and immediately noticed thelarge "S" above the Monticello dome. How long has it been since you received aU.S. Wartime Jefferson Nickel in change? The last time that I can remember
getting one of these in change was when I was a kid (during the 1970s). Here aretwo images of the coin:

Golly, all we ever get in change is the Tim Hortons Poppy Quarter. And even thenit costs us a regular quarter and the purchase of a coffee!

To the Florida United Numismatists, for another successful Convention,
celebrating their 50th anniversary since its founding. Those of us who live inCanada and were unable to attend, can just imagine what the weather was like. Itis minus 21 as this is being typed. We will let our U.S. friends figure out whatthis is in real temperature. Trust us, it's cold whether you step outside inFahrenheit or Celsius!

To Michael Stan Turrini, C.N.A. area director for Western U.S., on beingelected Treasurer of the Northern Ontario Numismatic Association.

To Michigan State Numismatic Society on another successful convention. Word hasreached us belatedly that our friends and neighbors in Michigan had anotherfantastic convention over the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend. Other than the hugebourse, visitors are always impressed with the exhibits. James Cain won the Bestof Show Exhibit Award.

To the Windsor Coin Club who held their 550th meeting in December. Now, beforeanyone contacts us reminding us how time flies, we congratulated them in thelast issue for holding their 500th meeting. Our first typo! The Windsor CoinClub was founded sometime in 1960. Until 1962, they held two meetings a month.Going on the basis of 10 meetings a year and not knowing exactly when in 1962they held their first meeting, the closest estimate is that they probably heldtheir 550th meeting in December. If you know of a club that is 500 meetings andover or 50 years and more, drop us a note at so we can tell over2,000 people.

To the Royal Canadian Mint, who is forecasting a $10 million profit. Currentmanagement has made some tough decisions about what the hobby wants as well aschoosing some very popular topics and designs that have caught the hearts of thepublic.

To William Horton Jr., A.N.A. vice-president, who was recently honored at theannual convention of the League of Municipalities in Atlantic City. According tothe ANA Numismatist, he received the Joseph Maher Jr. Award for contributions topublic works in New Jersey by the New Jersey Chapter of the American PublicWorks Association.

To Robert Byrd, on being named associate director and chief financial officer ofthe U.S. Mint. He previously held the position of deputy commissioner formanagement systems and CFO for the Food and Drug Administration and as V.P. ofOrkand Corp. and Cedar Enterprises Solutions Inc.

To the U.S. Mint for some pretty impressive statistics. For example, the Mintcontributed $665 million to the Treasury General Fund, an increase of $65 from2003. The Thomas Edison and Lewis and Clark programs produced over $4 million inprofit. For the 4th quarter, numismatic revenue was up 69 percent over the samequarter the year before, bullion was up 39 percent, and production ofcirculating coinage increased by 15 percent.

To Wayne Homren, Editor of the E-Sylum, the electronic bulletin of theBibliomania Society, for his mentioning of our first effort. As a direct result,we have added a whole bunch of new recipients to this issue.

To Dora de Pedery-Hunt, Canada's foremost medallist and certainly one personthat needs no introduction to any collector of Canadian decimal coins, on herappointment as Honorary Director of the Medallic Art Society of Canada (MASC).In addition to having the distinction of being the first Canadian to design theeffigy of Queen Elizabeth II for our Canadian coinage, she has designed andsculpted hundreds upon hundreds of medals for commemorations and awards
presentations for private companies and government institutions. As busy andfamous as she was, she even took the time to design and sculpt the 1981 C.N.A.Convention medal as a donation to the C.N.A.

To Anne Lazare-Mirvish, for also being appointed an Honorary director of MASC.She has also left her mark, both in the artistic community as well as being apillar, along with her husband Ed Honest Ed Mirvish, in the businesscommunity in Toronto. For those of you that are not aware what HonestEd's means, the next time you are in Toronto go to the corner of Bathurstand Bloor Streets and look up if your eyesight is okay from the 10,000 or solights. Incidentally, Mrs. Mirvish, along with husband Ed and son David, wererecently awarded Honorary Doctors of Law degrees by the prestigious Universityof Toronto.

To Del Newbigging, a driving force behind MASC, who created a specialretiring directors presentation medal which was presented to both Dora dePedery-Hunt and Anne Lazare-Mirvish for serving a term as Directors just priorto receiving their Honorary Director appointments.

To Susan Taylor, MASC President, for recognizing the talent of Dora dePedery-Hunt and Anne Lazare-Mirvish. In announcing the honorary appointments intheir bulletin, Susan stated: We really couldn't let them go. MASC wouldnot be the same without them!

To C.N.A. member Del Newbigging who has been appointed a member of the Board ofDirectors of MASC. He has some big shoes to fill, but we know he is up to thechallenge, having been involved with the Society since its inception.Incidentally, if you wish more information on the Medallic Art Society ofCanada, e-mail him at for details.

To Heritage Numismatic Auctions who was fortunate to put three Brasher doubloonsfrom two consignors in a single sale in conjunction with the recent FloridaUnited Numismatists convention.

To dealers Steve Contursi and Donald Kagin who teamed up to pay $2.99 millionfor one of the Brashers, graded XF-45 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Kagin alsobought the second piece in the sale, NGC AU-55, for $2.4 million. The third one,graded XF-40 by NGC, also went to Kagin, for $690,000. In Numismatic News, Gregory L. Reynolds writes that only two individual coins have ever sold formore at public auction: in August 1999, the Childs family 1804 silver dollarrealized $4.14 million, and, in July 2002, the Stephen Fenton 1933 $20 gold
double eagle sold for $7.59 million. Contursi has announced that he will displaythe one piece at his Coin Wholesalers booth at the Feb. 24-26 Long Beach Coin,Stamp and Collectibles Expo. He also plans to display it at the AmericanNumismatic Association National Money Show in Kansas City, Mo, April 8-10, theNew York Invitational Coin Show, June 30-July 1, and the American NumismaticAssociation World's Fair of Money in San Francisco July, 27-31. Dave Kranz, newsletter editor of The Numismatic e-Bulletin, published byNumismatic News, from which this information is gleaned/copied/plagiarized,suggests that you might wish to take the time to go to one of the shows to seeit. Given the cyclical nature of the market, especially at the high end, youmight not see a Brasher again for a long time.

To the family of Al Rosen on his recent passing. Al, along with his wife
Phyllis, operated Honest Phyllis coin store on Church Street in downtown Torontofor many years. They also operated a successful numismatic mail order businessand a greeting card manufacturing business until their retirement.

To William Bill McDonald, a Past-President of the Canadian Paper MoneySociety and currently their Secretary Treasurer, on the recent passing of hisbrother.

Because we have thousands and thousands of knowledgeable dealers on this mailinglist...well, okay, hundreds...we thought we would include the following appealfor information as a public service.

The Higgins Museum of Iowa City, Iowa is in the closing stages of compiling forpublication a comprehensive database of surviving notes from all note-issuingNational banks of Iowa. As an incentive, everyone providing useful informationwill be provided with access to the database information.

If you have, or know of anyone that has, any of these notes, please e-mail theHiggins Museum

When you were younger, you spent New Year's Eve celebrating with alcoholicdrinks, feasting on fatty foods, dancing the night away, maybe going to a movieand actually staying awake through the whole thing.

Now that you're older, you probably spent it in front of the TV watchingothers dance. Drinking an energy drink. Eating a piece of last year'sfruitcake you couldn't remember who gave to you and forgot to present as agift to someone else.

With the average of age of collectors in their 80s, can we be far off?

Hopefully, for your sake, you also spent time staring at all the coins youacquired during the past year, reminiscing about how little you paid for most ofthem.

Dealers work all day at their craft, usually 6 or even 7 days a week. It is notuncommon for a dealer to take in a coin show on a week-end after toiling in ashop of home-office all week.

Therefore, when a dealer shows up at your club meeting, he is taking precioustime away from his family and friends and sacrificing leisure time. Most of thetime by far, they do not sell enough to make it worth their while. We shouldlearn to appreciate them more.

So like some club bulletins say: Remember to support the dealers that attendyour club.

At a recent coin show, a couple of dealers wound up at a bar and consumed a fewbottles of champagne. They got talking to the waitress and found out that shewas going on vacation to Las Vegas the following week.

One of the dealers explained to the waitress that he had just returned from LosVegas and because he liked her, he handed her a $100 chip from Aladdin Casino asher tip. Needless to say, the waitress was thrilled.

If you have any thoughts about this idea, e-mail us Theperson sending us the most interesting comment will receive a dozen differentvideo arcade tokens and some Canadian 25-cent casino tokens. We will tell youin the next C.N.A. E-Bulletin what the end result was of the above scenario. Youmight be surprised.

Hey, spouses, I know we are a bit late for Christmas, but if you are still
sitting there wondering what to get your fanatical coin collecting husband as abelated Christmas present to replace those ties or the underwear you bought him,let us make a few suggestions. Since we don't want to bore you non-collectingspouses with a lot of minor details, we suggest you pick some or all of thefollowing, go to your local coin store and simply ask for it without worryingabout details. All you need to know is that it will make your hubby very, veryhappy.

  1. BU 09SVDB
  2. 36 Dot cent or dime (no quarter, though)
  3. The new 3 pound Austrian gold coin (do tell them the 3 pounds is the weight,not the denomination)
  4. 55 Double Die BU
  5. CU $1,000 note
  6. The largest gold bar by Johnson Matthey
  7. 1911 Canadian Dollar (any metal content will do)

Now isn't that simple! You don't need to know anything else, because coindealers are very knowledgeable and will understand. Just bring your credit cardsand chequebook. You might need both depending on your ultimate choices. And wecan promise you that you definitely will not be heard saying the following tohim:

  1. I was pretty sure you needed that, but now that I see your face, I wasclearly wrong.
  2. What do you mean, cheap?
  3. You should have married someone thoughtful.

And what numismatic object would you like to receive from your spouse, and why?We award prizes only for funny answers sent to

Jerome Fourre, a driving force behind the Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors Club(Canadian Tire money is known as Canada's second currency) issues thisinvite: If you are in the Ottawa, Ontario area or if you don't minddriving, you are invited to attend our meeting on February 20. Once again BobBonneville will offer the needed facilities at the Canadian Tire Store at 1820Merivale at Hunt Club in Nepean (just outside Ottawa). Registration at 9:00 amfor a 9:30 am start. Everyone is welcome, it is not important whether you are amember or not. There will be an educational session given by Club Vice-President
Lucien Levesque.

Ted Bailey, owner/operator of the South Western Ontario Numismatic Show (SWON),informs us that his next show is being held on February 6 at the Fairgrounds inParis, Ontario. What we have always liked about this show is the number ofjuniors that turn up, and if we were told that half the town shows up, we canbelieve it! Dealers and collectors who wish more information can contact them at(866) 747-COIN

Roger deWardt Lane e-mailed us: You may like to refer Canadians visitingSouth Florida for the winter, that there are two local clubs in the Hollywood -Ft. Lauderdale area. Go to my web site and click on Hollywood Coin Club or clickon the Ft. Lauderdale Coin Club for dates and directions to meetings and If you have time you may wish to read some of theAdventures of Mutt and Jeff also on my site. - Well, Roger, considering thatabout 6 million Canadians spend winter in Florida, we are pleased to pass it on.

Did you make any New Year's resolutions that you want to pass along to us at

Both the best serious and humorous ones will get prizes, thanks to donations ofa quantity of collectibles catalogues from Bill Cross, owner/manager of CharltonPress.

We made a few serious ones:

We will attend more club meetings this year.
We will visit more coin shows and dealers.
We will do more volunteer work for the hobby.
We will do a better job of promoting numismatics.

Okay, your turn!

Torex® is moving to The Radisson Admiral Hotel, Toronto Harbourfront, 249Queens Quay West, in the Admiral's Ballroom. The bourse will be located on the3rd floor, while meetings will be held on the 4th. There is plenty ofunderground parking available, and public transportation is available right atthe hotel's doorstep.

The Fedor Website you will see the following: The Admiral is asmall, personal hotel on the exciting and always buzzing Harbourfront. It's onlya short walk to Queen's Quay shopping and the SkyDome, and there's a light-railconnection to the subway system outside the door. Rooms are handsomely furnishedin naval motifs. The hotel affords spectacular views over Lake Ontario to theToronto Islands, and dramatically impressive views of the city office towers to
the north. Commodore's Restaurant has equally stunning views and servesContinental cuisine."

For information on Torex, go to for all Torex updates! Or you cantelephone Brian Smith at (416) 861-9523.

The special 2005 Torex hotel room rate is $139 (single or double occupancy,taxes extra). For reservations, call 416-203-3333 or toll free at 1-800-333-3333and ask for the special rate for the Torex Coin Show.

For information on the Torex auction and auction catalogue, contact the official Torex auctioneer Moore Numismatic auctions at

You know what we did before Christmas? We picked up a copy of the CN Journal,official publication of the Canadian Numismatic Association, looked at some ofthe ads, went to the dealers' Websites and ordered some coins, both forourselves as well as some numismatic friends with whom we exchange gifts eachyear.

Then we checked our incoming e-mails and couldn't decide what to purchase forour non-numismatic friends. For example, we didn't know if we should purchaseThe Finest Rolex Replica Watch or The Real Replications Watch thatwere offered by two different companies. What is a real replica anyway? Isthat the opposite of an imitation replica?

Or to whom do we give C-i-a-l-i-s? Although we know of a couple of people whocould use Valium, we wouldn't dare.

We also didn't buy the watch that promised 25% off. The last time we boughtone of those over the Internet it lost 15 minutes every hour.

Or the cable TV adapters that gives us free Pay-per-View, like the one of our neighbours has and who is currently trying to convince a judge that he does notwant to receive a bonus of free room and board for six months.

We simply purchased a quantity of Proof-Like sets for everyone. The coins lookgreat. And a set is a lot cheaper than, say, a nice vase or an oil painting.

Although we cannot possibly list even a small fraction of all the coin showstaking place in North America, I don't think anyone can object if we singleout those that support the C.N.A. in various ways and go beyond the call of dutyin other ways.

So we take this opportunity to thank the Canadian Association of NumismaticDealers and the CAND Show organizers, Terry McHugh and Rick Simpson. First ofall, they provided us with a complimentary C.N.A. Information Table at theirShow on January 29-30 in Hamilton, Ontario. The C.N.A. Executive Secretary, whomanned the table, tells us that it was the most financially successfulInformation Table manned by him since he took over that position in 2002. Itproduced a number of new members, people paid for their membership renewal,payment was received for two life memberships, three CNA/NESA CorrespondenceCourses were sold and a few donations were received. That has got to add up totime well spent!

What they did for young collectors really made them stand out from most othershows. They chartered a bus to bring 31 juniors and 19 chaperons from theFranklin Coin Club (of the Franklin Public School in Kitchener, Ontario) to theshow. A Young Numismatist Table set up by CAND made numismatic books andsupplies available to juniors at between 75% and 95% discount.

The coordinator for the bus group was Chris Boyer, who also assists the FranklinPublic School's coin club with their meetings and bulletin. They meet overlunch hour every second Friday. If you are in the Kitchener, Ontario area andwould like to make a 30-minute presentation to a group of around 100 kids,please e-mail Chris at to obtain available dates ofmeetings, age range and directions.

You can visit our Website at without telling us whoyou are or revealing personal information about yourself. We do not collect anyinformation whatsoever when you visit the Website. If you choose to contact usvia e-mail or through the Submit button on the web pages as a result ofyour visit, we will only use it to respond to you.

Cookies are text information files that your web browser places on your computerwhen you visit a Website. The C.N.A. does not use such "cookie" technology toobtain information from you as an online visitor.

This is as anonymous as it can get!

Until the 10th!

Your C.N.A. E-Bulletin Editor

The Canadian Numismatic Association

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