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Poppy coins in Winnipeg

Wednesday le 29 October 2008

On the eve of Remembrance Day commemorations and the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, the Royal Canadian Mint exchange a coin for this new 25-cent coloured circulation coin which pays tribute to those who have bravely fought for Canada's freedom. When: Friday, October 31st, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1st, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Where: Boutique of the Royal Canadian Mint, 520 Lagimodière Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Poppy 2008

Late October Events

Friday le 24 October 2008

International Coin Show When: October 24 to 26 Where: Sandman Hôtel, 999 Serigny Rd., Longueuil, QC How much: Free Info: Saskatoon Coin and Stamp Show When: October 25 and 26 Where: German Canadian Concordia Club, Saskatoon, SK How much: 3 $ Info: Torex When: October 25 and 26 Where: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, Toronto, ON How much: 6 $ Info: Stratford Coin Show When: October 26 Where: Army, Navy, Air Force, 151 Lorne Ave. E., Stratford, ON How much: 6 $ City of Ottawa Coin Club annual auction When: October 25 and 26 Where: Heron Rd. Community Centre, third floor, 1480 Heron Rd., Ottawa, ON Info:

More on the red poppy circulation coin

Monday le 27 October 2008

After the official launch of the coin, here's more information on it : Mintage: 11 millions History: Between 1914 and 1918 over 650,000 Canadian men and women fought to protect the peace and freedom our country enjoys today. Of those, more than 66,000 gave their lives and another 170,000 would be wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian medical officer during the First World War, was responsible more than any other for the adoption of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in Canada and the Commonwealth. McCrae was also the author of the famous war memorial poem In Flanders Fields. Commemorative set: The 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War commemorative set includes a 2008 25-cent uncirculated coin (right coin, image below) depicting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Three soldiers representing Canada's land, sea and air forces stand in tribute. The set also includes the 25-cent poppy circulation coin ($24.95 CDN). Silver dollar: The limited edition poppy proof silver dollar featuring a finely sculpted poppy in ultra-high relief ($139.95 CDN). (left coin, image below)
Poppy 2008

Canadian Banknote Breaks Record

Thursday le 23 October 2008

Highest price spent on a canadian banknote : 322 000 $ US. This bill is a 500$ 1911 bill (only three known). Previous record : Another 500$ 1911 bill sold at 190 000 $ US in 2002.
500 $ 1911 - Billet de banque
Source : Heritage Auction

The new Poppy Coin in circulation

Thursday le 23 October 2008

Here's the new circulated coin launched by the Royal Canadian Mint. Looks like the 2004 one.
Poppy 2008
In this image : Left : 2008 Silver Poppy Proof Silver Dollar, Center : New Circulating Poppy Coin, Right : 2008 Commemorative 90th anniversary of the end of the world. Diameter: 23.88 mm Distribution: Distributed across Canada through a special arrangement with Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix as well as through financial institutions. Reverse: The reverse impression shall depict a design of a coloured poppy blossom against a maple leaf above a ribbon with the words REMEMBER and SOUVENIR, the artist’s initials CS at the bottom right of the design, the words 25 cents within the top half of the maple leaf above the poppy blossom and the words 1918 ARMISTICE 2008 at the top of the coin. Obverse: Rhe obverse impression shall depict the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt, with the initials SB on the bottom left-hand corner of the neckline, the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, CANADA and D•G•REGINA to the left, top and right of the design, respectively, and the Mint Mark below the neckline. The obverse will be the same as the 2008 25 cents original coin. Royal Canadian Mint - Official Poppy Website

Price Guide: 25 cents - 1870 to 1901 - Victoria

Sunday le 19 October 2008

Click on the image below to view the list.
25 cents - 1870 to 1901 - Victoria - Coin Values

Sacrifice Medal

Wednesday le 22 October 2008

The new Sacrifice Medal has just been approved by the Governor-General of Canada. The Sacrifice Medal was created to recognize a member of the Canadian Forces, a member of an allied force, or a Canadian civilian under the authority of the Canadian Forces who, as of October 7, 2001, died or was wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action.
Sacrifice Medal
Description: the Medal consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm across, has a claw at the top of it in the form of the Royal Crown, and is attached to a straight slotted bar.
  • On the obverse of the Medal appears a contemporary effigy of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, facing right, wearing a Canadian diadem composed alternately of maple leaves and snow flakes, and circumscribed with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA” and “CANADA”, separated by small maple leaves, and
  • on the reverse of the Medal appears a representation of the statue named “Canada” –that forms part of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial – facing right, overlooking the horizon. The inscription “SACRIFICE” appears in the lower right half of the Medal.
  • The Medal is suspended from a watered ribbon that is 32 mm in width, consisting of a 10-mm black stripe in the middle that is flanked by 11-mm red stripes, on which are centred 1-mm white stripes.
  • The bar to the Medal is in silver with raised edges and shall bear a centred, single silver maple leaf overall. The Medal shall be engraved on the edge with the service number, rank, forename initials and surname of any military recipient or with the forenames and surname of any civilian recipient.

Next Events for October

Thursday le 16 October 2008

Atlantic Provinces Numismatic Association Fall Coin Show When: October 17 to 19 Where: Dartmouth Seniors' Service Centre, 45 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth, NS Admission: $3 Information: Durham COIN-A-RAMA When: October 18 Where: Five Points Mall, 285 Taunton Rd. E., Oshawa, ON Admission: Free Information: Regina Coin Club Fall Coin and Stamp Show When: October 18-19 Where: Western Christian College 100-4400 4th Ave., Regina, SK Admission: $3 Information: 46th Annual Tillsonburg Coin Show When: October 19 Where: Mt. Elgin Community Centre, Highway 19, Mt. Elgin, ON Admission: $1 Information:

Die clash possibilities

Thursday le 16 October 2008

New image - 1 dollar 1949 :
Georges VI (1949)
Georges VI (1949) - Die clash

Die clash possibilities

Friday le 10 October 2008

To help you to identify die clashes on canadian coins, here's an article with pictures. This article will be updated soon with new stuff. Example :
Georges VI (1937 - 1947) - ObverseGeorges VI (1937 - 1947) - Reverse
Georges VI (1937 - 1947) - Obverse - Die ClashGeorges VI (1937 - 1947) - Reverse - Die Clash
Also, we add several John Regitko's Numismatic Eh-Bulletin.

Contest by the Mint

Sunday le 5 October 2008

The Mint, Radio-Canada and the french TV show Tout le monde en parle organize a contest in October 2008. Prizes are 2008 Mint sets and products. More info (Only french version avalaible)
Série monnaie de carte de 15 $ 2008 - Reine de pique

Pièce de 20 $ en argent sterling 2008 - Flocon de cristal saphir et améthyste

This week-end events

Friday le 3 October 2008

TLC Show Date: October 4-5 Where: Future Inns, 700 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge, ON Admission: $4 Info.: Linda Robinson Expo Multi-Collections Date: October 5 Where: Hotel Riotel, Matane, QC Admission: Free Info.: Yvon Marquis (418) 736-4727

Remplacement Note - Journey Series

Friday le 3 October 2008

Here's the new list of replacement note for the Bank of Canada Journey series. Date : September 4th, 2008. List of replacement note Special thanks to La Loutre and slackjack!

Royal Canadian Mint latest products

Thursday le 2 October 2008

The Royal Canadian Mint today issued its latest release of collector coins and gift products for 2008. You can purchase these new products as of today. Click on the images below to enlarge them.
As the Royal Canadian Mint continues to celebrate its centennial year, we are proud to issue new products showcasing the creativity, quality and innovation which have been our hallmarks since 1908
Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint
2009 Lunar Hologram Gold and Lunar Cameo Silver Coins - Year of the Ox Both Year of the Ox coins are designed by Canadian artist Harvey Chan. The Lunar Cameo Coin is sterling silver and bears a face value of 15 dollars. It is the final instalment of the 12-coin series begun by the Mint in 1998. Itfeatures an octagon-shaped gold-plated cameo of a stylized ox surrounded by the 12 animals of the Chinese lunar calendar. This coin is the only 2009 issuebearing the former effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, (Canada's coinage from 1990 to 2003). Mintage: 48,888 Price : $88.88 CDN The 18-Karat Gold Lunar Hologram Coin is the tenth coin in the Mint's hologram lunar series, which began in 2000. It features the Mint's world-renowned hologram technology and displays the current effigy of Her Majesty against a proof field. Mintage: 4,888 Price: $538.88 CDN
2009 Lunar Hologram Gold and Lunar Cameo Silver Coins - Year of the Ox
2009 $300 Gold and $20 Silver Coin - Moon Mask Coast Salish artist Jody Broomfield of British Columbia's Squamish Nation has designed a new addition to the Moon Mask coin series launched in 2008. The reverse of the 2009 14-Karat Moon Mask gold coin depicts another hand carved red cedar mask enhanced by a bold combination of red and black enamel. This coin symbolizes the deep spiritual attachment of First Nations people to the moon, which is frequently portrayed by their ceremonial masks. Mintage: 1,200 Price: $1,723.95 CDN A new addition to this coin series in 2009 is the $20 silver rendition of this intricately designed Moon Mask. 99.99% pure silver coins are available world-wide. Mintage: 10 000 Price: $69.95 CDN
2009 $300 Gold and $20 Silver Coin - Moon Mask
2008 Vignettes of Royalty Coin Series - $15 Sterling Silver King George V 2008 Vignettes of Royalty Coin Series - $15 Sterling Silver King George VThe continuation of the Royal Canadian Mint's ultra-high relief double effigy silver coins features King George V, Canada's sovereign from 1910 to 1936. Upcoming issues from this five-coin series will include King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. This design, as well as all others appearing in this series was approved by Queen Elizabeth II. Bearing a $15 denomination frosted effigy is set against a proof field. These coins were struck four times and hand polished in order to achieve their dramatic appearance. Mintage: 10,000 Price: $99.95 CDN 2008 $15 Playing Card Money Series - Queen of Spades A different kind of royalty adorns the second issue of the Royal Canadian Mint's new Playing Card Money silver coin series. The $15 Queen of Spades evokes an unusual period in early Canadian history when the Governor of New France resolved a shortage of hard currency by seizing all playing cards in the colony and re-issuing all cards bearing his signature as currency. This unique form of currency is revived in a painted rectangular silver coin designed from artwork preserved by Library and Archives Canada and featuring a selectively gold-plated rim. Mintage: 25,000 Price: $89.95 CDN
2008 $15 Playing Card Money Series - Queen of Spades
2008 $20 Sterling Silver Coins - Sapphire and Amethyst Crystal Snowflake The Mint introduce two new pure silver coins depicting snowflakes delicately encrusted with CRYSTALLIZED(TM) - Swarovski Elements. Available with either sapphire or amethyst-coloured crystals surrounding a central clear crystal, these sophisticated reproductions of six-sided dendrite ice crystals are the work of Mint Engraver Konrad Wachelko. Mintage: 15,000 Price: $94.95 CDN
2008 $20 Sterling Silver Coins - Sapphire and Amethyst Crystal Snowflake
2008 $20 Fine Silver Coin - Holiday Carolling 2008 $20 Fine Silver Coin - Holiday CarollingAnother Canadian tradition graces the Mint's 2008 holiday-themed pure silver coin. The finely engraved image of four carollers in Victorian attire appears on a proof $20 coin of 99.99% pure silver. A creation of Ontario artist Tony Bianco. Mintage: 10,000 Price: $69.95 CDN 2008 50-cent Coin - Holiday Snowman 2008 50-cent Coin - Holiday SnowmanThe Mint presents a new lenticular coin, featuring an animated snowman, in celebration of the 2008 holiday season. This visually striking image is showcased on a large brass plated 50-cent coin, whose lenticular application is surrounded by an outer ring with a brilliant uncirculated finish. Price: $25.95 CDN 2008 Ornamental Keepsakes - Winter Scenes of Canada A trio of traditional Canadian winter scenes plated in 10-karat gold can be found in the Mint. Each keepsake, which can be used as a tree ornament, has been designed by artist and Senior Mint Engraver Susan Taylor. A Wintry Sleigh Ride, Nanuk of the North and Hockey Dreams on Ice are tastefully presented in a colourful collector folder. Price: $29.95 CDN 2009 NHL Coins and Gifts As Canadians eagerly awaits the start of a new NHL season, the Mint has developed some creative coins and gift ideas for supporters of Canada's NHL teams. The Mint issues team coin sets, hockey coin pucks, mini-stick and mini-puck sets featuring special-edition one dollar coins, as well as sterling silver goalie mask coins. Six team coin sets are available, featuring each Canadian NHL team. A special edition dollar coin featuring an image of a team jersey is accompanied by six other circulation coins in uncirculated finish in an attractive folder with an inside section reserved for player autographs. Price: $24.95
2009 NHL Coins and Gifts
This season's edition features official NHL hockey pucks with an encapsulated limited edition dollar. This one-dollar coin contains a lenticular application producing a dual image of each team's logo, from contemporary to vintage. Price: $24.95
2009 NHL Coins and Gifts
Building on the popular appeal of team mini-sticks, the Mint has developed a collectible set combining a limited edition one dollar coin embedded in a mini-puck key chain, offered alongside a team mini-stick. Price: $24.95 CDN. A series of new, colourful sterling silver coins close off the line-up of 2008/2009 Mint NHL products. Six coins in proof finish featuring goalie masks painted in each team's logo and colours. Mintage: 10,000 Price: $74.95
2009 NHL Coins and Gifts
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