This weekend! – The Vancouver Coins, Stamps & Collectables Show

Canada gold maple leaf

Our Show is this Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the Nikkei Centre. 40 tables of coins, stamps and collectables.  Buy – Sell – Trade! There’ll be dealers in Canadian coins, world coins, ancient coins, stamps, covers, postcards, medals, tokens,  bank notes and MORE.   The show is held at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre located at 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, 4 km east of Metrotown at the intersection of Kingsway & Sperling (Sperling becomes Southoaks south of Kingsway).   Easy access from Metrotown by #106 “New Westminster Station” Bus or by Skytrain (stop at Edmonds Station). There is…

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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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CCN > “RCM 2016 coin buys exceed half a million”

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It would have cost you $199,304 to buy all the RCM coin in 2016 (excluding the Kilogram issues). And Batman, Superman and the crew of the Enterprise have helped widen the market for the Royal Canadian Mint. Interesting article by Bret Evans in Candadian Coin News  “In 2016, the Royal Canadian Mint offered 220 collector products, making up 284 coins, with the cost of acquiring one of every item totalling $529,162. Its the first time that number has crossed the half-a-million-dollar mark. The number of issues is down slightly from the previous year when the RCM offered 225 products, but the…

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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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China 2016 silver Panda – now a metric ounce

CHINA 10 YUAN 2016 SILVER PANDA,

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

BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2014 ORCA BU

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 http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/03/silver-mandala-coin-from-fiji-blends-celtic-eastern-influence.html

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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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