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 Saskatoon Coin Club – Canadian Coin Grading This is the grading book mentioned Andre Langlois – Guide for Grading Coins of Canada, Boucherville Press, 1st Ed., 2015 It is available from Chantou 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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CCN > Thomas Button dispatched in search of Northwest Passage

Henry Hudson

Canadian Coin News feature this 2015 $200 gold coin celebrating Henry Hudson in their On This Day column. APRIL 14, 2017 OTD: Thomas Button dispatched in search of Northwest Passage On today’s date in 1612, Welsh Royal Navy officer Thomas Button sailed out of London in search of the Northwest Passage. The aim of the expedition, which was backed by the Prince of Wales and the Northwest Co., was to retrace “the now familiar route,” according to Lincoln Paine’s 2000 book, Ships of Discovery and Exploration. The previous expedition, which began in 1610, was commanded by English explorer Henry Hudson, who sailed…

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125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup 2017

Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup Royal Canadian Mint have issued a limited edition quarter celebrating 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup. The design of this new circulating 25 cent coin “depicts the Stanley Cup® flanked by two hockey players. On the left is a player who would have vied for the trophy in its earliest days; on the right is a player from today’s era. Together, they represent the full span of the Cup’s rich history ” See the page on the Royal Canadian Mint website 

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The Battle of Hong Kong Remembered


   Canada’s first land combat of the Second World War began on December 8, 1941, when, mere hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese launched an invasion on the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Outnumbered and less well equipped than the enemy, the odds were not in the Canadians’ favour as they defended the peninsula, then the island itself. Over 550 of the 1,975 Canadians sent to Hong Kong never made it home; but during the 17 days of fierce fighting, they fought valiantly, even engaging in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, as they defended Hong Kong…

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Outstanding Iconic Animals


                     Nature is an integral part of Canada’s national identity. Throughout its vast wilderness are species that tower above all others as iconic national symbols. These magnificent animals have shaped Canada’s character and reign as cornerstones in the rich cultural legacy of its Indigenous peoples. This new series honours five pillars of the Canadian wild. Each coin features a meticulously crafted sculpture mounted on its surface to bring unprecedented dimension, look and feel to its design—and what better species to place on such a pedestal for the first coin than the…

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Mint’s First 3-D Coin


               The Mint’s First True 3-D Coin Ever! Unique printing and embossing bring unprecedented dimension to the engraved design! Few sights are as electrifying as a breaching whale, and this coin features one of the most iconic species that can be witnessed off Canada’s east and west coasts. For the first time ever, we combined a unique printing and embossing process to create a 3-D whale that appears to be launching itself right off the surface of the coin to jaw-dropping effect. Designed by Canadian artist Matt Bowen, the coin features a three-dimensional depiction of…

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Happy British Columbia Day!

In the late 1850s, gold was discovered in the Fraser River and Cariboo districts of British Columbia. The gold rush that followed brought a large influx of new inhabitants, changing the colony virtually overnight from a small settlement based on trading to a rapidly expanding one. The almost complete lack of a circulating medium occasioned great inconvenience. In 1859, Governor James Douglas requested Her Majesty’s government to ship out a specified quantity of gold, silver and copper coins. Silver and copper coins amounting to little more than half the value requested were shipped, but no gold coins. The governor, well…

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The Shortage of Coins in New France

1670 15 Sols Louis XIV reverse

The Shortage of Coins The colonists living in New France from the mid-1660s on used barter to exchange goods but also used metal coins, such as this 15-sol French coin dated 1670. However, there was never enough hard currency to go around. Silver coins that were sent from France were quickly taken from circulation by local merchants, who immediately returned them to France to pay their taxes and to buy European-made commodities.   New France, Louis XIV, 15 sols, 1670 Thank you Bank of Canada Museum for these images. The shortage of coins persisted throughout the history of New France.…

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Star Trek: To Boldy Go

Starship Enterpirse

The Royal Canadian Mint have joined the Star Trek 50 year celebration. “Since its television debut, Star Trek‘s imaginative storylines have brought fans on an incredible journey through time and space. Kirk, Scotty, Uhura, and Spock—they served as our fictional trailblazers in an exciting new frontier that seemed as boundless as our imaginations. Guided by the Prime Directive and a spirit of discovery, the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew introduced viewers to more than 70 different new worlds while encountering nearly as many alien species. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek—a television series that is beloved…

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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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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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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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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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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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Proudly wave the Flag

Canadian Flag Coin

With its bright red maple leaf, the famous red-and-white flag stands as a proud symbol for Canadians. As our national banner, it speaks of our sense of belonging to a broader community, one that is a growing, vibrant mosaic of different cultures, languages and beliefs! It also represents our history and our identity within the international community as we work together to shape a future for ourselves, and for generations to follow. On the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada, celebrate this iconic symbol with a uniquely shaped coin that mirrors the flag’s own rectangular outline. What better…

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Great Grading Guide for Circulated Canada Coins

Guide for Grading Coins of Canada, 1st Ed., 2015 - Andre Langlois

At last!  A truly excellent guide* to grading circulation Canadian coins has been published by Andre Langlois (ANPB Boucherville) It’s a large spiral-bound card-backed format. The photos are big – a half page. And there are tips to grading with each photo. A very interesting feature is the inclusion of varieties and odd examples – an invaluable resource for Canadian collectors.  Commemoratives, except for the 1935 dollar, are not included – they are quickly removed from circulation says the author. And coins after about 1970 are easily available in Mint States (MS grades) and so are not featured. But all the early…

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Winter Is Coming

Canada Twenty Dollars

 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – Weather Phenomenon: Winter Freeze – Mintage: 8,000 (2015) Specifications No.148300 Mintage8000 Composition99.99% pure silver Finishproof Weight (g) 31.39 Diameter (mm) 38 Edgeserrated Certificateserialized Face value20 dollars ArtistTony Bianco and Arnold Nogy (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) Image and text thank you Royal Canadian Mint See more about this coin at

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