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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Club Meeting is this Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Hi everyone, This is a friendly reminder that the next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is next Tuesday, October 17th.  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 will present a PowerPoint on “The Banknotes of Hawaii”.  This PowerPoint covers the introduction of private scrip in the early 1800s, the banknotes issued by the Kingdom of Hawaii, followed by the Republic of Hawaii, and the territorial banknotes issued…

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125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup - Obverse

       In 1892, the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley, donated a silver bowl for the purpose of fostering a competitive spirit between Canada’s amateur hockey teams. From this expression of support sprung a rich legacy, as the Stanley Cup evolved into one of the most revered trophy in professional sports—and a celebrated icon in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup’s origins, with a one-of-a-kind shaped coin that pays tribute to hockey’s ultimate prize. Special Features: -AN OUTSTANDING RCM FIRST: Introducing the first ever Stanley Cup-shaped coin! -Struck…

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Pidcock’s exhibition – 1800 copper farthing token from Britain

Pidcock's exhibition

This delightful elephant came to me at the coin fair the other week. The token is 21mm and 2.35g. And I googled and found this description on Yale British Art site – it seems my exact one! I’ve requested the photograph. It’s a copper farthing token issued 1800 by Pidcock’s Exeter ‘Change Menagerie and made by Charles  James.  I’ve heard that the engravers didn’t see the actual elephants so they anatomy isn’t quite right. But they’ve created a lively animal, feeding perhaps. On the other side is a bird-of-prey. http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3813281 “Undated copper Conder farthing token. The obverse depicts an elephant, with the…

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Club meeting is this Tuesday, September 19th at Bonsor 

1/2 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Iconic Canada: Autumn's Palette (2017)

Hi everyone, The  North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is this Tuesday, September 19th.  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:  Guest speaker Gary Goebel will present a Powerpoint entitled “Bank of Canada Museum – 2nd Incarnation”.  Gary visited Ottawa in July and visited the new Bank of Canada Museum.  This Museum replaced the former Bank of Canada Currency Museum and Gary will share his photos of the new premises. Please remember to bring your items for…

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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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Bejeweled Bugs: Butterfly

1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Bejeweled Bugs: Butterfly - Mintage: 4,000

Exploring the new releases at Royal Canadian Mint at mint.ca.  They have a butterfly: 1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin – Bejeweled Bugs: Butterfly – Mintage: 4,000 And here’s what they have to say: “A FIRST! A gemstone-adorned butterfly on a pure silver coin! Order today! Basking in the warm rays of the summer sun, the butterfly is arguably the winged jewel of the insect world! This timeless symbol of love, hope and faith has long been an object of fascination, admiration and inspiration around the world. It is also a powerful metaphor for life and change, famously transitioning from ravenous…

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Sesquicentennial Puzzle Coin

Puzzle Coin

                                      Canadian heraldic artist Cathy Bursey-Sabourin has recreated Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial shields on a series of jigsaw pieces that encircle a central coin to create a large, 14-part coin. Each shield is exquisitely coloured and presented in the order each province and territory entered Confederation. A garland of maple leaves visually connects the pieces and carries a ribbon with each province’s and territory’s year of entry into Confederation. The central coin features a selectively gold plated Centre Block of Parliament Hill…

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1921 50 Cents “King of Coins” to auction

1921 Canada 50 Cents

RCNA auction to feature ‘King’ of Canadian coins says the front page of Canadian Coin News this week. The “King” of Canadian coins – a 1921 50 cent piece, graded ICCS MS65 – will take pride of place at the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association’s 2017 auction, to be held July 20-22 2017 in Boucherville, Quebec. In February 2015 CCN reported that 1921 50 Cents coin had sold at auction for $220,000 What will it fetch this time do you think ? and here is King George V (although from a 50 cents with a different date )    

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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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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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