A Taku Turtle from Fiji

“This attractive 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 2 Dollar coin from Fiji features a stylized Hawksbill turtle, also known as the Taku.  This 2012 issue was the last of Fiji silver Taku with Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  The 40.5mm coin was struck for Fiji by the New Zealand Mint and has a maximum mintage of just 350,000 pieces.” Thank you Joel at joelscoins for text and image I like the compositional curves of the turtle and framing in the round of the coin. I like the spiral swirls in the turtle’s shell. Also the ring-linked bubbles. ~ Julian Ticehurst      

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British Colonies (Dominica, Gibraltar, Martinique) holed Dollar

British Colonial Dollar

This rare type of  British Colonial Dollar has a heart-shape cut out from a Peruvian 8-Reales 1753 coin. This particular dollar originated in Gibraltar and was present in Dominica and Martinique in the Caribbean in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Spanish silver pieces-of-eight were the standard currency in Dominica and East Caribbean. In Dominica various holes were cut out of them to create different values – before 1813 a “bit” was worth 9 pence and there were 11 bits to a holed dollar, 12 1/2 bits to an unholed dollar. The values then changed and finally in 1843 sterling became the official currency…

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Christian Tokens in Vancouver

The “Jesus Saves / (cross) / Eternal Life” and “Lord is Coming / (cross in circle) / Millenium” aluminum pieces were distributed in the early 1970’s and perhaps earlier in the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as well as Seattle, Washington state (and very likely many different places in North America) by people wishing to spread their message. It worked like this. They would drop the items on the street (which was usually, it seems, Granville Street here), someone else would pick it up thinking it was a dime, read the message and either a) keep the item or…

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Armillary Sphere coin in gold from the Cook islands

Coin week have reported the new “Armillary Sphere” coin. It’s an ounce of finest gold and is actually legal tender in Cook Islands value  $100.   This avant-garde 24-carat gold coin concept comes in the shape of an Armillary sphere. Four individual annular $25 1/4 ounce coins combine to form a large one-ounce $100 coin. This coin was produced by Swiss gold manufacturer Valcambi and is legal tender in the Cook Islands.  Each of the rings is individually packaged and comes with its own assay card, which lists purity, weight, and authentication by a Valcambi certified assayer. Obverse: Three concentric rings and an center disc.…

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Many people carry their money…on their head

The great mines of Falun in Sweden provided much of Europe’s copper during the seventeenth century. Now a world heritage site the mine’s production affected the economic and political situation throughout the continent and gave rise to one of the more idiosyncratic monetary practices…. Following the first coinage act for plate money in 1644, sheets of copper of varying sizes were stamped with dies to indicate their value in terms of silver dalers. These included eight daler pieces which were over half a metre in length and weighed 14kg, leading a Danish visitor to comment: “Many people carry their money in…

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Stamps: Bhutanese playable records

One of the most unusual set of stamps ever issued is this set from Bhutan. It was issued in 1973 and each of the seven stamps is a plastic record that can be played on a phonograph. Each record contains folk songs and folk tales. The stamp denominations are: 9 Ngultrums (Yellow Stamp) 8 Ngultrums (White Stamp) 7 Ngultrums (Black Stamp) 3 Ngulturms (Purple Stamp) 1.25 Ngultrums (Blue Stamp) 10 Chetrums (Red Stamp) 25 Chetrums (Green Stamp) A complete unused set sells for between US$400 and US$600 on Ebay. Record stamps that have been postally used and cancelled on envelopes…

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Little-known Medal marks Nazi-Zionist co-operation in 1933

Nazi Zionist Medal

Ein Nazi faehrt nach Palestina (A Nazi  travels to Palestine) It was a struck by [ Goebbels’ ] Berlin daily Der Angriff to commemorate  the co-operation and support given by the Zionist Jewish Agency in helping to make Germany “Judenfrei”. It also commemorate  joint visit to Zionist Palestine by SS officer Leopold von Mildenstein and Zionist Federation official Kurt Tuchler. A series of articles on their tour, appearing under the heading “A Nazi Travels to Palestine,” appeared in Der Angriff in late 1934. “The Star of David side inscription reads: EIN NAZI FÄHRT NACH PALÄSTINA — A Nazi Travels to Palestine. The Swastika side inscription is UND ERZÄHLT DAVON IM Angriff — And tells…

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Bank Note: History of the Coffee Exportation in Costa Rica 1890

This 5 colones note was in circulation from 1968 to 1992 in Costa Rica. It was placed on sale at the Expo 86 Costa Rica pavilion and the envelope and note sold for 2 dollars. The note is dated 16(?)-10-1985. So it really must have circulated just after it was issued. It shows an allegorical painting in the National Theatre by a “J. Villa” (as credited on the banknote) in 1897 which is in the National Theatre. The Wikipedia website states that the painting was done by a Milanese artist named Aleardo Villa (1865-1906). Perhaps his first name is spelt…

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Jacque Cartier claims Iroquois land for France and calls it “Canada”

“On today’s date (September 14th)  in 1535, Jacques Cartier reached the Iroquois village of Kanata at “Kebec” on his second voyage up the St. Lawrence River. There, Cartier met Donnacona, chief of the village of Stadacona (present-day Quebec City)… In 1535, Cartier built a fort at the site, where he stayed for about a year, claiming the area for France and calling it “Canada”, which was an alteration of the Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning village or settlement.” Thank you Canada Coin news report on the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2013 $200 gold coin. In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a $200 gold…

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2015 Canadian Maple-Leaf shaped $20

2015 Maple Leaf-shaped $20 coin

The Royal Canadian Mint recently issued the 2015 Maple Leaf-shaped $20 coin. It is a first for the Mint. “The coin recreates the familiar shape of a maple leaf—specifically that of the silver maple (Acer saccharinum) species. Here, the coin’s unique shape accentuates the palmate leaf’s beautifully serrated edges. An intricate series of deep veins are rendered with finely detailed engraving, as they run through each of the leaf’s five pointed, tapering lobes. Different finishes bring added dimension to the design, enhancing the engraving and lending the leaf a bright natural appearance.” Mintage: 15000 Composition: 99.99% pure silver Finish: Proof…

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Vote on the Canada 2017 Designs!

Hi everyone, 2017 is the Canada’s 150th Anniversary. The Royal Canadian Mint is asking individuals to vote on the design on the 2017 coins. There are five coins: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 1 Dollar and 2 Dollars and for each coin there are five designs to choose from. You have until October 9th to vote for the design you want to see on each coins. Here is the link: http://www.mint.ca/store/coin-design-contest/contest-vote-form.jsp?lang=en_CA&rcmeid=van_CoinDesignVote Have say on what your future coins will look like!!!

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Token from the PNE, Vancouver

At this small booth there was a roulette wheel and one could win the prizes seen.  However, one had to buy tokens to put one’s bet down and these were being sold at three for five dollars and five for ten. They are plastic and orange in colour and had (or have) a paper label stuck to them. I say “had” as there were many with this label worn off or mostly worn off. There were others, however, that were not so bad, but it took a number of purchases to find them. I used all the worn items.  All…

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Reminder: Coins, Stamps and Collectibles Fair

This is a reminder that the North Shore Numismatic Society is hosting another Coins, Stamps and Collectibles Fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre this coming Saturday, September 12th.  We have several new stamp and coin dealers at this show. The Nikkei Centre is located at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby just 4km east of Metrotown.  The show hours are from 9am to 3pm and admission is $2 and free for those age 16 and under.  There is limited free underground parking at the Nikkei Centre and ample street parking on Beresford Street behind the Centre. If you…

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Patron Saint of Numismatists

 Did you know that there is a patron saint of numismatists? His name is St. Eligius. Eligius was born near Limoges in France in 590.  He became an extremely skillful metalsmith and was appointed master of the mint under King Clotaire II of Paris. Eligius developed a close friendship with the King and his reputation as an outstanding metalsmith became widespread. Eligius later fulfilled his desire to serve God as a priest, after being ordained in 640. Then he was made bishop of Noyon and Tournai.  Eligius died on 1 December 659 or 660 and was buried at Noyon.  He is the patron…

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Diwali – the Festival of Lights

Diwali Gold Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have brought out a lovely gold coin celebrating Diwali the Indian Festival Of Lights. It’s a $200 dollar coin and a small mintage of 275 means a price of C$2,700. RCM say > “East and West come together in this stunning design by Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal that celebrates Diwali with elaborate patterns that typify Indian textiles, ornamentation and mandalas. A diya (clay lamp) at the coin’s centre reflects the essence of the Festival of Lights while symbols from the Hindu, Sikh and Jain faiths form a series of rings around it. The outermost ring is…

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Selvi Calyst – An ancient numismatist?

They’ve just found a roman hoard in consisting of 2976 silver denarii coins during excavations works in Sofia, Bulgaria. The owner of the hoard is actually inscribed on the ceramic container. Selvi Calyst. Selvi Calyst – could he have been an ancient numismatist? His coin collection spans a 100 years –  the Emperors from Vespasian to Commodus with the Antonines and their wives and daughters represented in full. Perhaps he was an Antonine descendent mapping his family history in coin… NEWS 5th September 2015, Novinite.com > “Bulgarian archaeologists discovered an ancient Roman hoard consisting of 2976 silver denarii coins during excavations…

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China celebrates 70th Anniversary of Victory in the war with Japan 1937 to 1945

70th Anniversary of the "victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the fight against fascism".

The People’s Republic of China has issued a set of 2015 coins to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the “victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the fight against fascism”. Zuo Xiuhui, deputy director of the People’s Bank of China’s Currency, Gold and Silver Bureau, said at a news conference that the set consists of one gold coin, two silver coins, and a nickel-coated steel coin. The gold coin, with a face value of 100 yuan, weighs a quarter of an ounce, while the five-ounce silver coin has a face value of 50 yuan and its one-ounce…

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Eastern Townships Bank, Keremeos, B.C., cheque

Keremeos 827

Not knowing some banking history I thought it very unusual to see a “Eastern Township Bank” cheque from Keremeos, BC. I thought Eastern Townships usually relates to a group of towns back east and that it would be unusual for such a group to have branches out in British Columbia. I did know, however, that the Bank of Hamilton (Ontario) had at least one branch out here, so… For those mainland Vancouver types who do not go much into the interior, Keremeos is a village (which is sort of again another reason for wondering why an Eastern Townships bank office?)…

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