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Wooden Nickel update

Vancouver Numismatic Society at Hotel Vancouver 1971

I asked about Wooden Nickels at the last club meeting. There were 4 of us collecting them! Gene knew of several sources of information. He also remembered spending one at a coffee shop! The idea of wooden money came from America apparently – back in the 1930s when banks in Washington State issued them in an emergency. Dec 4th Canada Coin News have just published a fascinating article on Wooden money by Jesse Robitaille Collecting wooden money remains strong in Canada There’s a collector’s society too! “Founded in 1975 with 45 charter members and expanding beyond 200 members by the end of…

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Club Meeting this Tuesday 20th + Wooden Nickels

Bad Girls of Vancouver wooden token

Does anyone remember wooden nickels? Many can remember being cautioned not to take a wooden nickel! Does anyone remember using them in shops ? I’ve been reviewing my collection of B.C. wooden tokens. Most are adverts for local businesses in Vancouver and British Columbia.  A few have ‘made in USA’. Was there a local B.C. firm producing them as well ?  We may find out more on Tuesday 20th 6.30pm at the North Shore Numismatic Society club meeting at our usual Bonsor 55+ .I’ll bring a selection of these fascinating pieces of British Columbiana. Here’s one from our sister club…

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NS Numismatic Society Meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 16th

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Hi everyone, The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 16th.  The meeting is held in the Multipurpose Room in the Bonsor 55+ Senior Centre in Burnaby.   Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting start at 7:00 pm.  The meeting is open to both members and non-members, so everyone is welcome. Program: Michael Souza will present a PowerPoint prepared by the London Numismatic Society entitled “Canadian Coin Savings Banks”. The presentation will deal with some savings banks issued by Canadian chartered banks and other financial institutions. Thank you to the London Numismatic Society for creating…

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Remembering Norman Williams (1924-2018)

Norman Williams

Norm was born in 1924 at Fernie, B.C. to a Ukrainian-Canadian family.  His baptismal name was Vladimir Waslykow, which he later changed to “Norman Williams” before practising law.  His father ran a restaurant in Kamloops, B.C. – a fact that he would mention to servers whenever we were at a restaurant.  Norm attended the University of British Columbia’s law school and set up his law practice in New Westminster.  In the 1980s when I telephoned him at his office, he was often at the Elks Club for lunch which extended into afternoon card games.  His first wife was a Hungarian…

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Welcome Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada

We’re pleased to welcome Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada to our Coin Show this Saturday at the Nikkei  AMCC are based in Kelowna, British Columbia and hold an auction twice a year (May and October) on the international biddr.ch platform. Thomas Callaway is the numismatist at AMCC and he will be at the Show to meet people. Thomas is accepting consignments and the fees are very low. https://amcoinscanada.com/ Thomas Callaway, numismatist info@amcoinscanada.com Kelowna BC V1Y 9T1 AMCC is Canada’s only auction firm dedicated to ancient and medieval coins. Greek and Roman coins are our central focus in ancient, but we also…

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Our Coin, Stamp, Collectable Show this Saturday, 8th September at Nikkei

Royal Canadian Mint - Thunderbird by Andy Everson

This is a reminder that the North Shore Numismatic Society is hosting the Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show on Saturday, September 8th at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC. Here is the Google Map location: The show hours are from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is $2, and age 16 and under is FREE if accompanied by an adult. Please note that this was supposed to be a 2-day show, but because some dealers were unable to commit to the show, we had to change it to a 1-day show. In addition, please note that…

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We’re at the Vancouver Bird Expo! “Birds on World Currency”

We accepted the kind invitation of a club table in the Vancouver Nature & Bird Expo this week. It was  in the West Wing of Vancouver Convention Centre. https://www.iocongress2018.com/nature-bird-expo Julian  > “It’s a big conference with the International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver this year. 3,000 or so scientists. All bird enthusiasts. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are public days. There’s a lot to enjoy here. Everything about birds! There are Bird mimes, bird sounds, bird theatre, live  birds ( a falcon, a big,tame barn owl), bird projects, bird conservation, bird camera lens, bird tracking systems, lots of bird art, beautiful bird music .. much…

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Vancouver Bird Expo starts Thursday August 23rd

We’re delighted to be supporting the Vancouver Bird Festival as part of the International Ornithological Congress. There’s a public Bird Expo with bird theatre, bird art, dance and more. Come and see our North Shore Numismatic display “Birds on World Currency” Noon to 6pm Thursday 23rd August Noon to 6pm Friday 24th. Early start 10am to 6pm on Saturday 25th August (Children’s Day) in the West Wing of Vancouver Convention Center Tickets and directions: http://www.iocongress2018.com/nature-bird-expo

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Saturday 2nd June is Coins, Stamps, & Collectibles Show at Nikkei

Canada 2018 Year of the Dog

This is a reminder that the next Coins, Stamps, & Collectibles Show hosted by the North Shore Numismatic Society is next Saturday, June 2nd.  The show is held in the Exhibit Hall of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, 4 km east of Metrotown. Doors open at 9 am and the show ends at 3 pm.  Admission is $2 and FREE to everyone age 16 and under if accompanied by an adult. There is a Japanese restaurant on site, and other restaurants close by. Hope to see you at the show. Thanks. Michael Souza President North Shore…

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Pidcock’s exhibition – 1800 copper farthing token from Britain

Pidcock's exhibition

This delightful elephant came to me at the coin fair the other week. The token is 21mm and 2.35g. And I googled and found this description on Yale British Art site – it seems my exact one! I’ve requested the photograph. It’s a copper farthing token issued 1800 by Pidcock’s Exeter ‘Change Menagerie and made by Charles  James.  I’ve heard that the engravers didn’t see the actual elephants so they anatomy isn’t quite right. But they’ve created a lively animal, feeding perhaps. On the other side is a bird-of-prey. http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3813281 “Undated copper Conder farthing token. The obverse depicts an elephant, with the…

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Bejeweled Bugs: Butterfly

1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Bejeweled Bugs: Butterfly - Mintage: 4,000

Exploring the new releases at Royal Canadian Mint at mint.ca.  They have a butterfly: 1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin – Bejeweled Bugs: Butterfly – Mintage: 4,000 And here’s what they have to say: “A FIRST! A gemstone-adorned butterfly on a pure silver coin! Order today! Basking in the warm rays of the summer sun, the butterfly is arguably the winged jewel of the insect world! This timeless symbol of love, hope and faith has long been an object of fascination, admiration and inspiration around the world. It is also a powerful metaphor for life and change, famously transitioning from ravenous…

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1921 50 Cents “King of Coins” to auction

1921 Canada 50 Cents

RCNA auction to feature ‘King’ of Canadian coins says the front page of Canadian Coin News this week. The “King” of Canadian coins – a 1921 50 cent piece, graded ICCS MS65 – will take pride of place at the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association’s 2017 auction, to be held July 20-22 2017 in Boucherville, Quebec. In February 2015 CCN reported that 1921 50 Cents coin had sold at auction for $220,000 What will it fetch this time do you think ? and here is King George V (although from a 50 cents with a different date )    

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#Canada150

Canada 150 silver coin

This #Canada150 release commemorates the 150th anniversary of Canada. It’s a silver 3 dollars priced at $19.95. RCM > “Canadian artist Laurie McGaw has created a fun and uplifting collage of the places and things that make Canada great.”   A newcomer to B.C. and Canada says: “A lot of thought has gone into the individual elements in the design, and they are nicely rendered. I really like the geographic layout. My eyes dot about the coin itself. It’s a busy design with a beaver naturally, and a polar bear, a statuesque moose, a salmon and a Canada goose. There’s an inukshuk…

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Oom Paul 5 Cent Token Issue

Oom Paul Token

The maverick online token identifier used to have a listing of one other token and  seemed to think it might be a token related to an American named Oom Paul. Now it lists it as being attributed to Wayne, Nebraska and says “also attributed to Saint John’s, Quebec, Canada” and “this token is from St. John’s, Quebec (now known as “Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)”. The one web reference I did come across to Oom Paul and cigars and 5 cents is to an Oom Paul in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Oom Paul, I have no doubt, refers to Oom Paul Kruger of the Transvaal…

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Club Meeting this Tuesday, June 20th – Newfoundland Gold, Pizza!

Harvey Richer Gold Coins of Newfoundland

Hi everyone, The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, June 20th.  The meetings are held at the Bonsor Recreation Centre in Burnaby in Multipurpose Room #2.  Doors open at 7 pm and the meetings start at 7:30 pm.  The meeting is open to both members and non-members, everyone is welcome! Program: Author Harvey Richer is our guest speaker at this meeting.  Dr. Richer is a professor of astronomy at the University of British Columbia. He is one of the largest Canadian users of the Hubble Space Telescope. He was born in Montreal where (in the 1950’s) he began collecting…

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Vancouver Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show

Canada 50 Cents 1949

Hi everyone, Just a reminder that the next Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is on Saturday May 27th at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. The Centre is located 4 kms east of Metrotown at the intersection of Kingsway and Sperling. Sperling becomes Southoaks south of Kingsway. The show times are from 9 am to 3 pm. There is limited free underground parking at Nikkei and if the underground parking is full, there is street parking along Beresford Street behind the Centre. If you are taking transit, the #106 New Westminster Station bus from Metrotown stops right outside the Nikkei…

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Resistance is Futile! The Borg are on a coin

Star Trek™: The Borg - 1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin (2017) - See more at: http://www.mint.ca/store/coins/coin-prod2930141?lang=en_CA#.WQWhvogrKCo

Royal Canadian Mint have released a coin celebrating the Borg from Star Trek > “From 1987 to 1994, Star Trek™: The Next Generation built upon the spirit of The Original Series by updating the themesto reflect its time. Even today, Canadian Star Trek™ fans remain as dedicated as ever to it, with a stellar cast of characters and gripping episodes such as “The Best of Both Worlds,” which included one of the most memorable antagonists of all time: the Borg. The formidable Borg pose one of the greatest threats to the Federation. They are uncompromising in their desire for “perfection,”…

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George V grading, notes from the April NSNS club meeting

Percy Metcalfe obverse 1935 Canada Dollar

Hi everyone, We had a great meeting this last Tuesday. Thank you Bill Watson who gave a fascinating presentation on the grading of George V coins and facilitated an open discussion about coin grading. The websites presented were:- Coins and Canada guide to grading  http://www.coinsandcanada.com/coins-grading.php Saskatoon Coin Club – Canadian Coin Gradinghttp://www.saskatooncoinclub.ca/articles/12_grading_canadian_coins.html This is the grading book mentioned Andre Langlois – Guide for Grading Coins of Canada, Boucherville Press, 1st Ed., 2015 It is available from Chantou http://www.chantou.com/ Giuseppe Iorio said there would be a discount for club members! Bill Watson mentioned that George V joined the Navy at the age of 12. Here…

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