North Shore Numismatic Society meeting Tuesday January 19th at Bonsor

1853 California Gold Dollar

Hello everyone, Happy New Year and all the best for 2016!!!  Mark your calendars!!!  This is a reminder that the next North Shore Numismatic Society meeting is Tuesday, January 19th. The meeting is held at the Bonsor Recreation Centre, in Multipurpose Room #2.  Doors open at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.  The meeting is open to members and non-members, so everyone is welcome.    Program:  Michael Souza will present a PowerPoint on “United States – Private Gold Coinage”.  This PowerPoint, prepared by a member of the London Numismatic Society, provide a history of early US Gold Coins produced by…

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Happy New Year!

Canada 150 Dollars The Year Of The Monkey

The Chinese New Year is on February 8th 2016.  It’s the year of the Monkey! Most of the reverse images of monkeys I’ve seen so far have been ‘realistic’ in style and fairly poor works of design. But here’s a stylized monkey from Canada that bypasses ‘realistic’ fur for swirls and short lines and looks distinctly mischievous with the fruit of plenty in hand. Mintage 2500 Composition 18-karat gold Finish proof Weight (g) 11.84 Diameter (mm) 28 Edge serrated Certificate serialized Face value 150 dollars Artist Aries Cheung (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) Thank you RCM for image and specification See more at…

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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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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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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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