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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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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