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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A First for the Faeroe Islands

Fish Skin Stamp

On September 26, 2016, the Faeroe Islands Postal Service issued a stamp featuring a small piece of Atlantic cod fish skin attached to it.  The stamps were produced in France using skins from cod that had been caught in Faeroese waters and then tanned in Iceland.  The stamps have a face value of 50 DKK (Danish Krone) and no two stamps will be identical due to the variations in the scales patterns of any fish. Atlantic cod can grow to 2 metres in length and can weigh up to almost 100 kilos.  Although tanning of fish skin has not been…

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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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Commemorating the Norman Conquest

Bayeux Tapestry Stamp

The Bayeux Tapestry or Bayeux Embroidery is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes with Latin tituli, embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William’s half-brother, and made in England—not Bayeux—in the 1070s.  In 1729 the hanging was rediscovered by scholars at…

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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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Bank of Canada unveils new $10 note for 150th anniversary

Bank of Canada unveils new $10 n

The new $10 note will mark the first time an indigenous Canadian and a woman other than the Queen will feature on Canada’s currency. see the short Video  in The Star > https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/04/07/bank-of-canada-unveils-new-10-note-for-150th-anniversary.html Note that this won’t replace the existing $10 design.

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Our next club Meeting is on Tuesday, April 18th / Everybody welcome!

Hi everyone,  The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, April 18th.  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, so everyone is welcome.  Program: Michael Souza and Bill Watson will present a PowerPoint on “Grading George V Coins” followed by a discussion about grading coins in general.  Please come prepared with questions about grading to share with the membership.  Thank you to the Timmins Coin Club for developing and sharing this…

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Logging B.C. 1910 Postcards

Wellburn BC Logging 1

Logging B.C. 1910 Eburne Used MacFarlane & Unu Hibben colour Postcard duo ex Gerald Wellburn who notes that it “could be (Jeremiah) Rogers logging at Kitsilano” “In 1860 Jerry Rogers was cutting spars in Alberni, in 1863 he was already in Burrard Inlet and the very next year building the first big logging camp at Jerry’s Cove or as we now call it “Jericho” All Nations Stamp & Coin have a page for the legendary early logger Jeremiah Rogers  Postcard Images thank you All Nations Stamp & Coin  

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David Bowie stamps

David Bowie

Royal Mail in the UK have released David Bowie stamps: http://shop.royalmail.com/issue-by-issue/david-bowie/icat/davidbowie The set of 10 stamps, which go on sale on 14 March, will celebrate four of the Bowie’s tours and six of his albums. Album covers from Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, Heroes, Let’s Dance, Earthling and Blackstar are featured.    

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Our Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is this weekend, Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd

Canada stamp

Hi everyone, Just another reminder that the next Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is this Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd, 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 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday. 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…

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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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Funny Money Introduction / Diefenbaker dollars

Diefenbaker - 92-1/2 cents.

Funny Money is seldom funny and rarely money. The phrase “Funny Money” was first coined by the Social Credit movement in the 1930s. Collectors now use the phrase to refer to any piece of paper with a political message and a loose resemblance to currency. Occasionally the message supports but, more often, opposes a political party. Many examples of funny money are highly scurrilous; especially those issued by private, often anonymous, individuals. The amateurish designs, often caricatures plagiarized from newspaper editorial cartoons, seem to represent a genuine form of folk art that falls in the numismatic category known as “Exonumia”…

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The U.S. Capitol Building

Capital Building - Reverse

            This 2017 $1 coin produced by the Pobjoy Mint for The British Virgin Islands is in the shape of the U.S. Capitol Building. The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill, is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the Legislative branch of the US Federal Government.  It sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. William Thornton is the man we can thank for this marvel of engineering and as he was born in the British Virgin Island,…

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