The February meeting of the Saint John Coin Club will take place Tuesday the 18th at 7pm sharp. Note that the meetings are now being held at the Howard Johnson Fort Howe Hotel on Portland Street, which features plenty of free parking, which will undoubtedly be appreciated given the recent dumping of snow and the clogged streets as the city digs out.
The presentation will be on Pre-Confederation Copper Coinage of Upper Canada by the London Numismatic Society. Do you have any in your collection? Bring them along!
Five coin packs of the 2014 Lucky Loonie are available at face value with free shipping on the Royal Canadian Mint’s website.
A loonie was first embedded in the ice in 2002 in Salt Lake City as good luck for the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. In 2004 the mint struck the first “lucky” loonie prior to the Olympics in Athens.
Are you one of those people who checks the paper money in your wallet for special serial numbers? Does someone close to you make fun of you for glancing at each bill after you get it? I’m one of those people.
I don’t really consider myself a paper money collector – or rag picker, as they were once referred to (can you call them that with the plastic money we have now?) – but I appreciate these pieces of higher denomination currency and love numbers, so I do try to check the numbers on those bill when I have a chance.
Recently, after being handed some US currency, I came across the twenty below. Can you tell what is special about the number?
Almost immediately I noticed that it contained every number from 1 to 8, but all mixed up. I didn’t have a clue at the time, but this is apparently called a scrambled ladder note type of fancy serial number.
“Cool,” I thought and put it on eBay where it sold for $30 USD – as I mentioned, I don’t collect them, but appreciate finding them for others.
Watch your money!
I visited Fundy Coins and Collectables on Saturday to pick up an auction item that had been waiting there for quite some time and had fun chatting with Steve and Jim. While there, thumbing through one of the counter bins and intently listening to one of Jim’s stories, this little cent caught my eye.
The words “metal flaw” were inked on the 2×2. Upon closer inspection, after getting the 1930 USA Lincoln wheat cent home, I could see quite a nice lamination error in addition to an improper alloy mixture, which gives the copper coin and wood grain appearance. Some collectors seem to be drawn to such coins and they are often referred to as “woodies.”
For face value and free shipping the newest commemorative 25 cent coins are available from the Royal Canadian Mint. You get 12 coins in total for three dollars and there’s a limit of two packages per household.
The coins’ reverses were designed by Bonnie Ross (Arctic Expedition) and Tim Pitsiulak (Whales). There’s already rumblings of some varieties amongst these designs too.
At face value, you can’t go wrong, but these do sell out quickly!
Friday past marked the 96th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, which was a huge historical event for Nova Scotia’s capital, but also for any nearby city able to lend a hand.
The explosion, the result of a harbour collision between the French cargo ship, SS Mont-Blanc, loaded with explosives and the Norwegian SS Imo, took place December 6th, 1917. The end result was upwards of 2000 dead and 9000 injured in the blast that leveled much of the city.
In 1992, the city of Halifax issued a medal commemorating the 75th anniversary of the explosion and handed it out to survivors of the tragedy. The estimated number struck is less than 100. It is made of cast bronze plate and measures 32mm.
The structure in the first image is the memorial bell tower.
The new five and ten dollar polymer bills are being released by the Bank of Canada Thursday, November 7th, 2013.
Do you like them? Let us know your thoughts on polymer bills in general. Are you happy with the themes on the new bills? There’s a lot of upset hockey fans!
I was pleased to catch Geoff Bell on CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon today (October 3rd, 2013) talking about the PEI Holey Dollar that will be in the Fall 2013 Toronto Coin Expo Auction.
Geoff spoke about the history of the dollar and its rarity, making it a much sought after and valuable addition to a collection.
You can catch Geoff after the 39 minute mark on the CBC Radio website and can see the actual auction, which goes live October 4th, 2013 at 6pm, on the auction website.
According to a post on Canadian Coin News’ Facebook page, legendary Canadian numismatist James E. Charlton passed away Friday September 20th, 2013 at the age of 102.
Jim Charlton Dead at 102
Charlton’s name will forever be synonymous with Canadian numismatics for his work as a coin dealer and numismatic publisher. His presence alone at coin shows and conventions made such events memorable. The funeral is to take place Saturday September 28th, 2013 and Canadian Coin News promises to post more information as it becomes available.
Got this at the 2001 RCNA convention in Quebec City
Recently a 2000 Proof Like 5 cent error was put on eBay with a price tag of $20,000. The coin was minted with two reverse dies, as indicated on the PCGS slab. Since, to the best of my knowledge, there is no way for such an error to occur without a little help from some mint employees, it would seem this would fall under the category of a “back door job,” or something contrived by someone inside the mint’s facility – in this case, Ottawa, since it was a proof like coin – and smuggled out.
Would you be willing to purchase such an error? Should such coins be allowed to exist or should they be deemed illegal and confiscated? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.