Mount Vesuvius commemorated

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            Vesuvius is one of two active volcanoes located on the European mainland, and one of the five most dangerous and oldest volcanoes in the world. It is located 9 km east of Naples on the Italian mainland.  In August 79 AD, its eruption led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as several other settlements.  The thermal energy released by the eruption was a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings.  More than 1,000 people died in the eruption, but exact numbers…

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Vancouver Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is this Saturday, November 26th at the Nikkei

1935 Canada silver dollar

Hi everyone, This is a reminder that the next Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is this Saturday, November 26th at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.  The centre is located at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby, 4 kms east of Metrotown.  Here is the location on Google Maps: We have 40 tables with dealers that buy, sell and do free appraisals. The show runs from 9 am to 3 pm and there is free underground parking on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is additional parking on Beresford Street behind the Centre and street parking north of Kingsway.  Admission is…

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Happy 90th Birthday

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             The British Virgin Islands released this unusual bi-metallic 1 Dollar coin in 2016 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday. The coin is struck in the shape of the numeral “90”.  Both sides of the coin feature portraits of the Queen.  One portrait is surrounded by bouquet made up of the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, the Daffodil of Wales and the Shamrock of Ireland.  The flowers represent the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.  The other side includes a different portrait of the Queen and the royal crown surrounded by…

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The Battle of Hong Kong Remembered

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   Canada’s first land combat of the Second World War began on December 8, 1941, when, mere hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese launched an invasion on the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Outnumbered and less well equipped than the enemy, the odds were not in the Canadians’ favour as they defended the peninsula, then the island itself. Over 550 of the 1,975 Canadians sent to Hong Kong never made it home; but during the 17 days of fierce fighting, they fought valiantly, even engaging in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, as they defended Hong Kong…

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Outstanding Iconic Animals

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                     Nature is an integral part of Canada’s national identity. Throughout its vast wilderness are species that tower above all others as iconic national symbols. These magnificent animals have shaped Canada’s character and reign as cornerstones in the rich cultural legacy of its Indigenous peoples. This new series honours five pillars of the Canadian wild. Each coin features a meticulously crafted sculpture mounted on its surface to bring unprecedented dimension, look and feel to its design—and what better species to place on such a pedestal for the first coin than the…

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Mint’s First 3-D Coin

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               The Mint’s First True 3-D Coin Ever! Unique printing and embossing bring unprecedented dimension to the engraved design! Few sights are as electrifying as a breaching whale, and this coin features one of the most iconic species that can be witnessed off Canada’s east and west coasts. For the first time ever, we combined a unique printing and embossing process to create a 3-D whale that appears to be launching itself right off the surface of the coin to jaw-dropping effect. Designed by Canadian artist Matt Bowen, the coin features a three-dimensional depiction of…

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The Short Cross Coinage of England

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In 1154 Henry II, Henry Plantagenet, King of England, Duke of Normandy and of Aquitaine, Count of Anjou (as is his inheritance) ascends the throne as one the most powerful kings in all of Europe . His dominions extend from the far north of England to the extreme south-west of France. His subjects acclaim him. A truly great King but oh, his coinage. To begin with England uses the same old bad and mish-mash coins of Stephen, the Barons and the Anarchy. But then in 1158 Henry II ‘s official coinage is issued – and it is really terrible. The silver pennies are called Cross and Crosslets or Tealby…

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Philip Timms, B.C. photographer

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“Mr. Timms is a real Vancouver pioneer; handpicked, extra special, double refined and forty over proof.” Major J.S. Matthews, City of Vancouver Archivist, perhaps best described Philip Timms. Philip Timms, amongst many other accomplishments, created a photographic record of Vancouver between 1900 and 1910. In subsequent years he take many photographs across B.C. A number of Timms’ real photograph postcards have recently featured in the All Nations Stamp & Coin auctions here in Vancouver – thank you for the images.  Thank you Vancouver Public library for the biography of Philip Timms see British Columbia Through the Camera Lens of Philip Timms Philip Timms…

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To boldly go where no Mint has gone before

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         The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled (12th May) a new series of coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television debut of Star Trek, which aired its first episode in September of 1966. The series, now considered a cult-classic with tens of millions of admirers worldwide, was created by screenwriter Gene Rodenberry (1921 – 1991); it told the story of the crew aboard the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise, whose mission was “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” The fictional space travelers were headed by Captain James “Jim” Tiberius Kirk, who was born in the…

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Our Collectibles Show is this weekend

Our Vancouver Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show is this Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th at the Nikkei Centre, Burnaby see more information here Everyone welcome!  Canada Coins, World Coins, Ancient Coins, Tokens, Bank Notes, Postcards, Stamps, Covers,  Maps, Medals, Silver and all types of collectibles. Come along and see what you can find! There’ll be 25 dealers gathered including … Paul Anderson, Praefectus Coins will be there. He has ancient coins for all budgets. KINGS OF MACEDON. DEMETRIOS POLIORCETES (306-283 BC). AR TETRADRACHM Kings of Macedon. Demetrios Poliorcetes (306-283 BC). AR tetradrachm 31 mm. 16.8 gm. Amphipolis, ca. 290-289. Obv: Diademed…

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Glass stamp another first for Austria

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    In 2014, Austria issued the first stamp made of ceramic and in 2015, they issued the first stamp printed on leather. (Please see my earlier post to our club website: http://northshorenumismaticsociety.org/category/stamps/) In June 2016, Austria issued the first postage stamp printed on glass. With this glass stamp Austrian Post is presenting a very special, exclusive stamp and once again showing a great deal of innovative spirit when it comes to stamp design – to date no stamp valid for franking has ever been made out of glass anywhere in the world. The glass stamp shows one of the famous “Sandlbilder”:…

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Inaugural two-day Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

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Hi everyone, ONLY ONE MORE WEEK TILL SHOW TIME!!! This is a quick reminder that next weekend, Saturday, the 17th and Sunday, the 18th, the club is hosting its inaugural two-day Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. We will have the following dealers in attendance: Michael Tarantino, AAA Stamp Coin Jewellery. Victoria Paul Anderson, Praefectus Coins, Vancouver Lynn Balmer, Balmoral Numismatics, Burnaby Louie Bassetto, Vancouver Albert Benoit, Vancouver Lydia Bellan, New Westminster Stan Chin, Vancouver Clay Elmquist, LC Coins, Victoria Bill Hilderbrand, Abbotsford Peter Jensen, Burnaby Adem Karasik, Vancouver Tolling Jennings, Lasqueti Mint,…

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Pope John Paul Commemorative Coin

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              We wish to thank Judy Blackman, the author of this article, and Keith Day-Thorburn, editor of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Society’s NumisNotes for their permission to reproduce this article in its entirety. A Different Look For PJP By Judy Blackman Those who viewed my 5-case Papal (God’s Spirit) exhibit at the 2009 ONA Convention, know I have a vast collection, and the judges kindly awarded me a 1st Place ribbon for the Non-Canadian Coins and Tokens. Although I’ve sold off some parts of this collection since then, it remains large. Despite this, I…

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Founding of the Republic of China

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              This article is credited to Michael Wilson of the North Shore Numismatic Society. This silver medal was struck by Taiwan on National Day, October 10, 1971, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. It features a portrait of, then president Chiang Kai-shek on the obverse, along with the inscription “The 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic of China” The reverse features two joined Chinese characters for the number “10”  (++) symbolizing the tenth day of the tenth month of 1911, the day of the Wuchang…

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Welcome Columbia Notes!

hello and a very happy Labour Day! We’re looking forward to our Coin, Stamps & Collectables show on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. It’s at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby – do come along. We’re delighted to welcome Ron Richardson and his wife, Doris, and Columbia Notes – specializing in the paper money of Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, as well as world polymer issues. See their website here www.columbia-notes.com This 10,000 pesos note from Colombia was issued in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the landing in the New World by Christopher Columbus. The front depicts a woman from the Embera…

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Bluenose

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Bluenose was a celebrated fishing and racing schooner built in 1921 in Nova Scotia, Canada. it features on the 1929 50c which many consider to be the most beautiful stamp in the world. Bluenose is Canada #158 VFNH 1929 50c Thank you All Nations Stamp and Coin for image This stamp is in the Noon Saturday auction on 6th August 2016

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Happy British Columbia Day!

In the late 1850s, gold was discovered in the Fraser River and Cariboo districts of British Columbia. The gold rush that followed brought a large influx of new inhabitants, changing the colony virtually overnight from a small settlement based on trading to a rapidly expanding one. The almost complete lack of a circulating medium occasioned great inconvenience. In 1859, Governor James Douglas requested Her Majesty’s government to ship out a specified quantity of gold, silver and copper coins. Silver and copper coins amounting to little more than half the value requested were shipped, but no gold coins. The governor, well…

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The Shortage of Coins in New France

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The Shortage of Coins The colonists living in New France from the mid-1660s on used barter to exchange goods but also used metal coins, such as this 15-sol French coin dated 1670. However, there was never enough hard currency to go around. Silver coins that were sent from France were quickly taken from circulation by local merchants, who immediately returned them to France to pay their taxes and to buy European-made commodities.   New France, Louis XIV, 15 sols, 1670 Thank you Bank of Canada Museum for these images. The shortage of coins persisted throughout the history of New France.…

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Tetradrachm of Probus

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    This is a tetradrachm from Alexandria in Egypt.  It depicts Emperor Marcus Aurelius Probus on the obverse and an Eagle on the reverse. Probus was born in AD 232 in Sirmium (modern day Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia) and became emperor in AD 276.  In AD 278, he successfully campaigned against Gallic tribes that pushed into Roman territory, and in AD 279 – 280, his generals defeated Vandals in the Roman provinces of Raetia, Illyricum, and Lycia.  In the same years, Probus’ generals defeated the Blemmyes in Egypt. In AD 280–281, Probus put down three usurpers, Julius Saturninus, Proculus and Bonosus. …

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Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver – 1964 token

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I rather believe that the purpose of this PNE token, which was issued for the 1964 fair (in Vancouver B.C.), was to let exhibitors and club display members in, so that they did not have to pay admission. When the coin clubs had displays at the PNE in the clubs section of the fair (in the BC Pavilion) we were given admission tickets so that club members could get in. These we used. They bore printing indicating the nature of their use. As for free passes, well it used to be (and may still well be) that every elementary school…

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