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

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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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Our next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, March 21st

Hi everyone,  The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, March 21st.  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 “English Hammered Gold Coins”.  Thank you to Mr. B. A. Seaby of the Ontario Numismatic Association for developing and sharing this program with the numismatic clubs. Please remember to bring your items for the floor submission auction.  To pay for your successful…

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CCN > “RCM 2016 coin buys exceed half a million”

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It would have cost you $199,304 to buy all the RCM coin in 2016 (excluding the Kilogram issues). And Batman, Superman and the crew of the Enterprise have helped widen the market for the Royal Canadian Mint. Interesting article by Bret Evans in Candadian Coin News  “In 2016, the Royal Canadian Mint offered 220 collector products, making up 284 coins, with the cost of acquiring one of every item totalling $529,162. Its the first time that number has crossed the half-a-million-dollar mark. The number of issues is down slightly from the previous year when the RCM offered 225 products, but the…

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First DVD stamps

N Korea 2008 Beijing Olympics DVD Rom Version 1

These two octagonal (8-sided) stamps were issued in January 2009 by North Korea to commemorate the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games.  It is unusual in that they consist of two playable DVDs with values of 300 Won and 500 Won, respectively.   The DVDs are enclosed in a package and contain Korean songs and dances. “The First Digital Versatile Disc Stamp of the world” is mentioned on the package label. Subsequent to their release, North Korea issued a second version with round CDs.  The phrase on the package label was changed to “The first Compact Disc video stamp of the World”. Even…

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Next NSNS club meeting is on Tuesday, February 21st

Hi everyone, The next North Shore Numismatic Society Meeting is on Tuesday, February 21st. The meetings are held at the Bonsor Recreation Centre in Burnaby in Multipurpose Room #2. Doors open at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm. The meeting is open to both members and non-members, so everyone is welcome. Program: Michael Souza will present another popular and fun PowerPoint program on “Guess The Country – Quiz #11”. Michael will show you one side of a numismatic item with a multiple choice of three countries. You just have to decide which country issued it. Paper and…

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Vancouver Postcard Club mark 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation

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“As we know, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 1867 and we thought our readers would enjoy the opportunity to celebrate this happy event through postcards. Philip Francis returns as Guest Editor of this special issue of Postview to honour Canada’s sesquicentennial. The Vancouver Postcard Club invites members and friends to join us for an evening presentation on February 15th at the Hastings Community Centre featuring the postcards illustrated in this issue – and many others from Philip’s Canadian patriotic collection….” read more – Postview is the Club’s newsletter – Postview Canada 150th celebration issue PDF here…

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Saturday 28th January is Vancouver Coins, Stamps and Collectibles Show!

Hi everyone, Just a quick reminder that the next Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is on Saturday, January 28th at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.  The Centre is located 4 kms east of Metrotown at the intersection of Kingsway and Sperling. The show is from 9 am to 3 pm and there is free underground parking.  If the underground parking is full, there is street parking along Beresford Street behind the Centre. Hope to see you all at the show. Michael More information here : http://northshorenumismaticsociety.org/vancouver-coin-show/  

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