Wooden Nickel update

Vancouver Numismatic Society at Hotel Vancouver 1971

I asked about Wooden Nickels at the last club meeting. There were 4 of us collecting them! Gene knew of several sources of information. He also remembered spending one at a coffee shop! The idea of wooden money came from America apparently – back in the 1930s when banks in Washington State issued them in an emergency. Dec 4th Canada Coin News have just published a fascinating article on Wooden money by Jesse Robitaille Collecting wooden money remains strong in Canada There’s a collector’s society too! “Founded in 1975 with 45 charter members and expanding beyond 200 members by the end of…

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Happy Christmas! meeting on Tuesday Dec 18th

RCM Murano Holiday Reindeer

  Hello Everyone,  I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  The North Shore Numismatic Society Christmas meeting is on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. 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 for you and your significant other to…

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Club Meeting this Tuesday 20th + Wooden Nickels

Bad Girls of Vancouver wooden token

Does anyone remember wooden nickels? Many can remember being cautioned not to take a wooden nickel! Does anyone remember using them in shops ? I’ve been reviewing my collection of B.C. wooden tokens. Most are adverts for local businesses in Vancouver and British Columbia.  A few have ‘made in USA’. Was there a local B.C. firm producing them as well ?  We may find out more on Tuesday 20th 6.30pm at the North Shore Numismatic Society club meeting at our usual Bonsor 55+ .I’ll bring a selection of these fascinating pieces of British Columbiana. Here’s one from our sister club…

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Collectibles show coming – Saturday, November 24th..

Buyssen coins saved his life

Hi everyone,  This is a reminder that the North Shore Numismatic Society is hosting a Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show on Saturday, November 24th at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC. Here is the Google Map location: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Nikkei+National+Museum+%26+Cultural+Centre/@49.2175751,-122.964433,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xcae9963c2ae4342d!8m2!3d49.2175751!4d-122.964433 The show hours are from 9 am to 3 pm.   Admission is $2, and age 16 and under is FREE if accompanied by an adult. For more information, please refer to our website at: http://northshorenumismaticsociety.org/ Thank you Michael Souza President btw BBC news clip from the recent Armistice 2018 coverage: These coins both endangered and saved the life…

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NS Numismatic Society Meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 16th

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Hi everyone, The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 16th.  The meeting is held in the Multipurpose Room in the Bonsor 55+ Senior Centre in Burnaby.   Doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting 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 prepared by the London Numismatic Society entitled “Canadian Coin Savings Banks”. The presentation will deal with some savings banks issued by Canadian chartered banks and other financial institutions. Thank you to the London Numismatic Society for creating…

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The Story of the French Spy Stamps

French 50 Centimes Stamp

              (The original French stamps are on the left, the British counterparts are on the right) Most philatelist know the part that stamps have played in making — and remaking — the history of the world.   They have started wars and celebrated peace; they have inflamed slumbering animosities into bloody outbreaks, ridiculed political leaders, and they have played a most important part in the waging of war. In recent times, stamps perhaps played no more important role than they did in helping the French underground, the famed Maquis, in their life and death struggle with…

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Remembering Norman Williams (1924-2018)

Norman Williams

Norm was born in 1924 at Fernie, B.C. to a Ukrainian-Canadian family.  His baptismal name was Vladimir Waslykow, which he later changed to “Norman Williams” before practising law.  His father ran a restaurant in Kamloops, B.C. – a fact that he would mention to servers whenever we were at a restaurant.  Norm attended the University of British Columbia’s law school and set up his law practice in New Westminster.  In the 1980s when I telephoned him at his office, he was often at the Elks Club for lunch which extended into afternoon card games.  His first wife was a Hungarian…

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North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is this Tuesday, September 18th


Hi everyone, Welcome back from your summer break. In case you did not see my earlier email, I am sad to announce that Norm Williams passed away on July 23rd. He was 94 and over the decades, he was very active in both the Vancouver Numismatic Society and the North Shore Numismatic Society. Norm will be missed by everyone, so please join me in offering our deepest condolences to his wife Silja. This is a reminder that the next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is next Tuesday, September 18th. The meeting is held in the Multipurpose Room in the Bonsor…

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Welcome Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada

We’re pleased to welcome Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada to our Coin Show this Saturday at the Nikkei  AMCC are based in Kelowna, British Columbia and hold an auction twice a year (May and October) on the international biddr.ch platform. Thomas Callaway is the numismatist at AMCC and he will be at the Show to meet people. Thomas is accepting consignments and the fees are very low. https://amcoinscanada.com/ Thomas Callaway, numismatist info@amcoinscanada.com Kelowna BC V1Y 9T1 AMCC is Canada’s only auction firm dedicated to ancient and medieval coins. Greek and Roman coins are our central focus in ancient, but we also…

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Our Coin, Stamp, Collectable Show this Saturday, 8th September at Nikkei

Royal Canadian Mint - Thunderbird by Andy Everson

This is a reminder that the North Shore Numismatic Society is hosting the Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show on Saturday, September 8th at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC. Here is the Google Map location: The show hours are from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is $2, and age 16 and under is FREE if accompanied by an adult. Please note that this was supposed to be a 2-day show, but because some dealers were unable to commit to the show, we had to change it to a 1-day show. In addition, please note that…

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We’re at the Vancouver Bird Expo! “Birds on World Currency”

We accepted the kind invitation of a club table in the Vancouver Nature & Bird Expo this week. It was  in the West Wing of Vancouver Convention Centre. https://www.iocongress2018.com/nature-bird-expo Julian  > “It’s a big conference with the International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver this year. 3,000 or so scientists. All bird enthusiasts. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are public days. There’s a lot to enjoy here. Everything about birds! There are Bird mimes, bird sounds, bird theatre, live  birds ( a falcon, a big,tame barn owl), bird projects, bird conservation, bird camera lens, bird tracking systems, lots of bird art, beautiful bird music .. much…

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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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