Curiouser and curiouser

King Philip II of Macedon

Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II AR Tetradrachm

Philip II of Macedon is the powerful war-king who has taken Macedonia from barbarian obscurity to being the ascendant power in all of the lands from Thrace to the League of Corinth. Here he  is shown addressing the Army assembly at Pella. Zeus backs him.  The silver is good.  Who can withstand ? Thank you Paul Anderson at Praefectus Coins for our featured coin and attribution text. Praefectus coins will be at our Coins, Stamps & Collectables show on April 2nd at Nikkei centre in Burnaby     is        

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Royal Maundy Thursday Coinage

Maundy Coins - Mary Gillick effigy

The word ‘maundy’ derives from the latin ‘mandatum’ which was applied to Christ’s washing of his disciples feet on the day before Good Friday; ‘that ye love one another’ (John XIII 34) British Royalty have taken part in the Maundy ceremony since the 13th century; distributing money, gifts and washing the feet of the poor It was King John who started the Royal Maundy tradition in 1210 when he donated garments, forks, food, and other gifts to the poor of Knaresborough, Yorkshire. Henry IV, around 1400, related the number of Maundy recipients to the age of the Sovereign. And it…

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Reminder – our next Coins, Stamps, and Collectibles Show is on April 2nd, 2016

Hi everyone, This is a reminder that our next Coins, Stamps, and Collectibles Show is on April 2nd, 2016.   The show is held at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre located at 6688 Southoaks Crescent at the intersection of Kingsway and Sperling (Sperling becomes Southoaks south of Kingsway).   The show runs from 9 am to 3 pm.  Admission is $2, and free for those age 16 and under.  There is limited free underground parking at the location, and there is also parking along Beresford Avenue behind the Centre. More information can be obtained from our website:

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A canvasback duck from Canada

1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin – Ducks of Canada: Canvasback – Mintage: 10,000 (2016)

The Canvasback duck – Aythya valisineria – North America’s largest diving duck – Read moreabout Canvasback Duck  on website Designed by Canadian artist Glen C. Scrimshaw, 1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin – Ducks of Canada: Canvasback – Mintage: 10,000 (2016) Thank you for images and text.

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China 2016 silver Panda – now a metric ounce


China continued their popular silver Panda series with this attractive 2016 issue.  Each year features a different design featuring a cute giant Panda.  The 2016 issue depicts a Panda grasping a large tree branch.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a Taoist temple complex constructed in the early 1400’s. In keeping with what seems like a Chinese tradition of cutting corners, the 2016 Panda weighs 30 grams (.9645 oz) rather than 1 troy ounce (31.1035 grams).  The reasoning is that this will put the coin on the metric standard.  The coin is struck in .999 fine silver,…

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An Antarctic Orca


This 2014 2 Pound coin from the British Antarctic Territory features an Orca (Killer Whale) with her calf swimming in the Antarctic waters with an iceberg in the background.  Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the largest existing members of the dolphin family, ranging in size up to 26 feet (8 meters) long.   They are highly social, often living together in matrilineal family groups. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviours are often passed across generations.  The copper-nickel coin is 38.6 mm in diameter, features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and has a maximum…

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Aqua-Green malachite stone set in Celtic Mandala

The Antique Finish 2016 Mandala Art Ultra High Relief $10 coin contains 3 ounces of .999 fine silver. Mintage of 500. The reverse of the coin, engraved to represent a mandala, features intricate detail rich with symbolism rooted in Celtic traditions, with an aqua-green malachite stone at the center.   The obverse of the coin carries the coat of arms of Fiji, the denomination and year of issue, 2016. Thank you coin world for image and text

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Meeting up Tuesday 15th March at Bonsor – Everyone welcome!

Charles II 1679 Three pence at auction at Bonsor: Hello everyone, Mark your calendars!!! This is a reminder that the next North Shore Numismatic Society meeting is Tuesday, March 15th. The meeting is held at the Bonsor Recreation Centre, in Multipurpose Room #2.  Doors open at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.  The meeting is open to members and non-members, so everyone is welcome.  Program:  We are in the middle of tax filing season, so Michael Souza will present a PowerPoint on “Income Tax and Coin Collecting”.  As hobby collectors, it is important to understand how the income tax legislation affects you when you…

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Beginning Canada Coins – One Cent i

1 Cent 2002 Elizabeth II

Today I took a bit of time out and sat down with a tub of old pennies. Bliss! We’d put it aside back in 2013. The earliest one was 1952 and the latest was the last – 2012. All of them saved from 2011/2012 circulation. Unfortunately there were a few  with severe bronze disease and it has now spread as it is wont. Tiny patches of bright green here and there.  There’s no time to treat it for a penny so they must go. There’s a fair few gaps in my ‘Date Run’ but there’re lots of Cents in reasonable and even extremely…

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Julius Caesar Elephant

Julius Caesar elephant

The Julius Caesar Elephant denarius was one of the 5 most common silver coin types at the time of the Claudian invasion of Britain (1). Crawford estimated 750 obverse dies and with each die producing perhaps 10,000 coin obverses we’re looking at  7.5 million Elephants. Or another estimate is 22.5 million elephants – enough to pay 8 legions.(2)   To mint all of these coins, to pay his troops, Caesar simply helped himself  to the vast  silver reserves in the Temple of Saturn in Rome; where it had been held in sacred trust for time immemorial. They are readily available to collectors but the…

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2016 Royal Canadian Mint Silver Proof Set

The 2016 Set commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Transatlantic Cable. Cost C$ 229.95 Specifications No.150180 Proof dollar Composition 99.99% pure silver with selective gold plating Finish proof Weight (g) 23.17 Diameter (mm) 36.07 Edgereeded ArtistYves Bérubé (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) 2 dollars Composition 99.99% pure silver with gold-plated inner core Finish proof Weight (g) 9 Diameter (mm) 28 Edgeinterrupted serrations ArtistBrent Townsend (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) 1 dollar Composition 99.99% pure silver, gold plated Finish proof Weight (g) 7.9 Diameter (mm) 26.5 Edgeplain ArtistRobert-Ralph Carmichael (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) 50 cents Composition 99.99% pure silver Finish proof Weight (g)…

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North Shore Numismatic Society meeting Tuesday January 19th at Bonsor

1853 California Gold Dollar

Hello everyone, Happy New Year and all the best for 2016!!!  Mark your calendars!!!  This is a reminder that the next North Shore Numismatic Society meeting is Tuesday, January 19th. The meeting is held at the Bonsor Recreation Centre, in Multipurpose Room #2.  Doors open at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.  The meeting is open to members and non-members, so everyone is welcome.    Program:  Michael Souza will present a PowerPoint on “United States – Private Gold Coinage”.  This PowerPoint, prepared by a member of the London Numismatic Society, provide a history of early US Gold Coins produced by…

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Happy New Year!

Canada 150 Dollars The Year Of The Monkey

The Chinese New Year is on February 8th 2016.  It’s the year of the Monkey! Most of the reverse images of monkeys I’ve seen so far have been ‘realistic’ in style and fairly poor works of design. But here’s a stylized monkey from Canada that bypasses ‘realistic’ fur for swirls and short lines and looks distinctly mischievous with the fruit of plenty in hand. Mintage 2500 Composition 18-karat gold Finish proof Weight (g) 11.84 Diameter (mm) 28 Edge serrated Certificate serialized Face value 150 dollars Artist Aries Cheung (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) Thank you RCM for image and specification See more at…

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Token Talk: Albert Roper, Sherman House, Fargo, North Dakota

Albert Roper Token

  “The Sherman is rapidly acquiring the larger share of that energetic and particular class who are “known and read of men” as experts in the hotel line. The water supply is ample, extending to every apartment, and its system of sewerage the best of any hotel in the city. Appointments in the way of bathrooms with Turkish and all other lavatory processes as provided are most admirable. With respect to day boarders the custom of the house is exclusively transient. Under the management of Mr. Albert Roper, who has lately succeeded to the ownership of the property, the “Sherman”…

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Merry Christmas!

2015 $25 Pure Silver Coin - Christmas Ornament

We wish you a very merry christmas, good presents and a happy Boxing day for you and your family. An attractive Christmas bauble from the Royal Canadian Mint. Thank you Canada Post for the image and details. See more Composition: 99.99% pure silver Mintage: 6,000 Weight: 30.76 g Diameter: 36.15 mm Face Value: 25 Dollars Finish: Proof with colour Edge: Plain Artist: n/a Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box  

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The Haida Matriarchal Orca

Haida Orca 2016 50 Dolllars

For the Haida the Orca is the most powerful supernatural being of the undersea realm and this SGaana Jaad (Killer Whale Woman) is a noble matriarch, a fact revealed in the labret that adorns the lower lip of her mouth that also doubles as the orca’s blowhole Canada 50 Dollar – 5 oz. Fine Silver Coin with Enamel – Mythical Realms of the Haida Series: The Orca – Mintage: 1,500 (2016) Design: Haida artist April White—SGaana Jaad of the Yahqu’iaanaas Raven Clan—has created a mesmerizing image of an orca leaping out of the water. Look closely and you will see…

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The World’s First Christmas Stamp

Canada issued the world’s first Christmas stamp in 1898. It features a map with the British Empire in red and the words “We hold a vaster Empire than has been”. This a line from an ode written by welsh William Morriss for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee called “A Song of Empire” It was to be 66 years before Canada issued another Christmas stamp in 1964. Thank you All Nations Stamp & Coin for the image.

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British Columbia 25 Cents

BC 25 Cents

In the 1992 Provinces of Canada series the British Columbia 25 cents shows a pod of Orcas with the coastal range beyond. 1867 to 1992 says the obverse legend. It’s the 125th anniversary of the 1867 confederation. British Columbia joined the Confederation later in 1871. The Orca reverse was designed by Carla Herrera Egan. The obverse shows the Dora de Pédery-Hunt effigy of the Queen. Thank you for the image

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Magical Reindeer

Magical Reindeer

Magical Reindeer designed by Virginia Boulay. Canada 20 Dollar 2012 Specifications No.122206 Mintage 250000 Composition fine silver (99.99% pure) Finish specimen Weight (g)7.96 Diameter (mm)27 Edg eserrated Face value20 dollars Artist Virginia Boulay (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) Thank you for the image and specification.  

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Pandora’s Box! Christmas Club Meeting – Tuesday Dec 15th at Bonsor

This is a reminder that the NSNS Christmas meeting is on Tuesday, December 15th at the Bonsor Recreation Centre.  The meeting starts at 7pm and is in Multipurpose Room #2 upstairs.  The highlight is our annual Pandora’s Box Draw. If you would like participate in the Pandora’s Box Draw, please note that you must be a paid-up member of the club.  You can join the club at the meeting for $15 and partake in the draw, and if your membership is approved, it will be extended to the end of 2016. To participate, you should bring a wrapped numismatic gift worth $15 or more…

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