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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100th Anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leaf Stamp

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Canada Post issued this souvenir sheet in 2017 depicting a hockey sweater.  The actual stamp has a denomination of $5 and bears an embroidered maple leaf in the centre of the stamp. According to the Canada Post presentation folder: “In celebration of the team’s proud history, the centennial sweater sports a redesigned Maple Leafs’ logo with 17 veins for the year the franchise was founded and 31 points in the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931.   The 13 veins in the top part of the Leafs logo mark the…

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Austrian Tree-shaped stamp

Austrian Tree Stamp

  In 2017, Austria issued the first tree-shaped wooden stamp printed on real wood from an oak tree.  Austrian Post claims they are unbreakable.  The stamp is created using laser cutting and laser branding and has a denomination of 6.90 Euros. Image curtesy of Ebay seller starlightcity 99 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/AUSTRIA-2017-OAK-TREE-SHAPED-REAL-OAK-WOOD-SOUVENIR-SHEET-OF-1-STAMP-MINT-MNH/302745508912?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D50999%26meid%3D1d79e7a7f1764fcbba7c80eb1e5a6b31%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D272825323882%26itm%3D302745508912&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851) Description by nsns72

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Vancouver International Bird Festival is happening!

Vancouver Bird Festival 2018

Vancouver North Shore Numismatic Society are delighted to support Vancouver International Bird Festival this summer!  See http://www.vanbirdfest.com/ Vancouver International Bird Festival will be the biggest bird festival ever held in Canada! We’ll have a club display stand at the festival alongside Vancouver Ancient Coin Club on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018.  We’ll keep you posted as we learn more! It’s called “Birds On Currency” The full conference runs AUGUST 19-26, 2018 Vancouver Convention Centre, West Wing home to TED talks. Dates: Eight days (19-26 August 2018) in conjunction with 27th International Ornithological Congress at the Vancouver…

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British Owls from the Royal Mail

Owl stamps from Royal Mail

Canadian Stamp News have an article about #Owls this week. The Royal Mail have released an interesting set of 10 stamps with British Owls. See here. “From the mostly nocturnal barn owl to the short-eared owl that hunts in the daylight, the stamps depict five species of owls that breed in the U.K. Issued on May 11, the stamps feature adult and juvenile images of the barn owl (Tyto alba); little owl (Athene noctua); tawny owl (Strix aluco); short-eared owl (Asio flammeus); and long-eared owl (Asio otus).” Read more in the Canada Stamp News article here    

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Our North Shore Numismatic Society meeting is next Tuesday, May 15th

Hi everyone, The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, May 15th. The meetings are now held at the Bonsor 55+ Senior Centre (across the parking lot from the Main Building where we used to meet) in Burnaby in the Multipurpose Room upstairs. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meetings 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 on the “Dominion of Canada Bank Notes”. We wish to thank the London Numismatic Society for preparing and sharing this PowerPoint program. Please remember…

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Canadian Satirical Political Note / Funny Money

Political $2 Note Vanderzalm

  Here’s a Bill (William) Vander Zalm, satirical political note, over-written in blue ink on a genuine Canadian $2 bank note.  One bird appears to be thinking or talking to the other, “WHO’D VOTE FOR AN IDIOT LIKE VANDERZALM”.  Probably issued as a protest note during the 1986 provincial election. The same year the bird series notes came out. In 1986, then Premier Bennett announced he was retiring. Vander Zalm, local businessman and political activist attracted considerable attention as he considered whether he would run for the leadership of the Social Credit Party. He generated more press out of the race than…

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2018 Yin Yang Coin

Yin Yang Coin - Reverse

   These two amazing Canadian yin and yang-shaped silver coins feature two heroes of Chinese tradition—the Tiger and the Dragon.  They are designed to fit together to form a perfect circle.  The theme of balance is fully realized in their stunning imagery, rich colour, and singular design! Yin and yang function together to represent harmony and balance among opposing forces. Though associated with opposition traits (Tiger/Dragon, black/white, feminine/masculine, hard/soft, heaven/earth), there is no hierarchy between them. The Tiger, earthy and cunning, conjures strength and bravery. The mythical Dragon, master of the heavens, is associated with power and was once synonymous…

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First Coin with a Game App

Angry Birds App Coin - Reverse

    Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone in conjunction with Rovio Entertainment Corporation, this fabulous new coin which features Red includes a special Zappar code which allows you to enter Bird World and interact with the Angry Birds™. Angry Birds hatched as a casual mobile game that has blossomed into one of the most beloved entertainment brands in the world, inspiring over a dozen games, billions of consumer products, several animated series and a hit blockbuster movie. In the centre of the story is the epic battle between the flightless birds and the green pigs. Why do they fight?…

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Reminder: North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, March 20th.

Hi everyone,  The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, March 20th.  The meetings are now held at the Bonsor 55+ Senior Centre (across the parking lot from the Main Building where we used to meet) in Burnaby in the Multipurpose Room upstairs.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meetings start at 7:00 pm.  The meeting is open to both members and non-members, so everyone is welcome.  Program:  Michael Souza will be presenting a PowerPoint on “Newfoundland Decimal Currency”.   We wish to thank the Ontario Numismatic Association for creating this PowerPoint and sharing it among its members.  Membership Dues 2018 membership dues will be collected at this meeting.  It is…

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Special Vancouver auction of impressive stamps, coins, bank notes +

Hi everyone, Brian Grant Duff of All Nations Stamp and Coin in Vancouver is holding an impressive auction of stamps, documents, gold and silver coins, and banknotes. Please access the action at the following link: http://www.allnationsstampandcoin.com/auction.html The Auction closes at noon, Pacific Time, next Saturday. You can bid by phoning Brian at (604) 684-4613 or (604) 726-4515, via email at collect@direct.ca, or by filling in the Bidform on the website. You do not need a bidder number. If you are in Vancouver, they have all items on display at the store, so please go in and have a look. The store…

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Coca-Cola Bottle Cap Coin

Fiji 2018 Bottle Cap Coin - Reverse

       Since 1892, Coca-Cola has been encouraging the world to open happiness by enjoying an ice-cold Coca-Cola beverage with friends and family. Their relatable branding and timeless appeal has made Coca-Cola an internationally recognized icon. For the first time in history, Coca-Cola has made its way into numismatics with officially-licensed Coca-Cola bottle cap-shaped $1 silver coins. Every “cap” is $1 legal tender, its value and purity backed by the government of Fiji.   SPECIFICATIONS Mintage: 25,000 Material: Pure Silver (99.99%) Finish: Proof Weight: 6 Grams Dimensions: 32.6mm Denomination: $1.00 Images courtesy of Modern Coin Mart (https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-Fiji-Coca-Cola-Bottle-Cap-Shaped-6g-Silver-Proof-1-Coin-in-OGP-SKU50357/132390699688?hash=item1ed319c2a8:g:9M0AAOSw4PxaHtLb) Description courtesy…

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Reminder: Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is tomorrow Saturday, February 3rd

Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Celebration of Spring: Apple Blossoms - Mintage: 6,500 (2018)

Just a quick reminder that the next Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is tomorrow Saturday, February 3rd.   40 tables of collectibles.  Buy-Sell-Trade Hours:  9 am to 3 pm Venue:  Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC Google Map Link: Admission:  $2, age 16 and under FREE Parking:  Limited FREE underground parking, free street parking along Beresford Street behind the venue, and side streets across from the venue. Restaurants:  Onsite Japanese restaurant, Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurants across the street, Tim Hortons half a block west, and A & W a block down from Tim Hortons. For more…

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NSNS meeting is Tuesday, January 16th at Bonsor Senior Centre

ONE CENT 1863

Hi everyone, Just a reminder that the next NSNS meeting is next Tuesday, January 16th.   We will be having our snow-delayed Xmas meeting and our annual Pandora’s Box Draw.  The meeting is held in the Multipurpose Room at the Bonsor 55+ Senior Centre (across the parking lot from the Bonsor Recreation Centre Main Building.)  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm. The meeting is open to members and non-members, so everyone is welcome. Instead of a program, this meeting is an opportunity to get together with your fellow members for food and drinks. To make it…

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We wish you a merry Christmas! 

AE Follis Constantine I

Our  Christmas coin is a bronze follis of Constantine the Great, Emperor of Rome under whose aegis Christianity was at last legitimized and Christmas was first recorded as being celebrated – in Rome on December 25th of the year AD 336 (as is the customary date for many). The coin below shows a Roman military-style standard as a Labarum – surmounted by the greek symbol  chi-rho or Christ.  There is a serpent at the foot representing, for the ancient Romans, rebirth and fertility – a symbol of Asclepius the greek God of Healing.  Beneath are the letters CONS, for the coin was minted…

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December NSNS Christmas Meeting / Cancelled

2014 50c Christmas Tree - Lenticular Coin

SORRY This meeting was cancelled because of bad weather Hello Everyone, I want to take this opportunity to wish to and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  The next North Shore Numismatic Society Christmas meeting is on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The meeting is held in the Multipurpose Room at the Bonsor 55+ Senior Centre across the parking lot from the Bonsor Recreation Centre Main Building. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm. The meeting is open to members and non-members, so everyone is welcome. Instead of a program, this meeting is…

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Tomorrow it’s our Vancouver Coins, Stamps & Collectables Show

Tree of Life 2018

The Vancouver Coins, Stamps & Collectables Show Saturday, November 25th 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 free…

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Club Meeting this Tuesday November

Spirit of Canada 2017

Hi everyone, The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, November 21st.  The meetings are now held at the Bonsor 55+ Senior Centre (across the parking lot from the Main Building where we used to meet) in Burnaby in the Multipurpose Room upstairs.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meetings start at 7:00pm.  The meeting is open to both members and non-members, so everyone is welcome. Program:  Michael Souza will present another popular “Guess The Country, Quiz #12”.  He will show you one side of a coin and give you a multiple choice of three countries.  All you have to do is select the country that…

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Happy 70th Wedding Anniversary

QE II 70th Anniversary - Reverse

      HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip were married on November 20, 1947.  2017 marks their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Achieving a Platinum wedding anniversary is an incredible feat and, in order to celebrate the Royal Couple’s milestone, Pobjoy Mint has produced one of the largest coins to date. With a weight of 70oz (4.37 lbs.) this coin would make a beautiful centrepiece to any numismatic collection. Production is technically very demanding and each piece has been encrusted with 70 Diamonds (Total Weight of 1 Carat). Spot gold plating has been used to highlight certain pieces of jewellery.…

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