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.