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June 24, 2024

1 dollar 2003 to 2024 - Not intended for circulation

1 dollar 2003 to 2024 - Not intended for circulation

The Royal Canadian Mint is responsible for producing collector and commemorative coins. Made of base and precious metals, several of the mint's numismatic coins are enhanced by special technologies including holograms, enamelling, lasering and embedded crystals. The Mint serves the public's interest but is also mandated to operate in anticipation of profit.

June 24, 2024

Gold coins from 1912 to 1914

Gold coins from 1912 to 1914

In 1853, Canada adopted the gold standard - a move that simplified trade, but also required that the country have sufficient gold reserves to back its currency. This standard helped develop a growing interest in minting gold at a Canadian mint.

June 22, 2024

50 cents 1870 to 1901 - Price guide and values

50 cents 1870 to 1901 - Price guide and values

The tools for the 50 cents coins had to be specially engraved since these denominations had not been previously issued by the Province of Canada The reverse is similar to those of the lower denominations, however, the obverse feature a diademed instead of a laureated portrait.

June 20, 2024

The gold rouble (1897-1914)

From the archives: The gold rouble (1897-1914)

During a very short period of its contemporary history, less than two decades, Russia had one of the strongest currencies in the world. The gold rouble then had nothing to envy of the very honorable pound sterling and the Federal Treasury of the United States of America looked like a poor relation compared to the metallic balance of the Russian State Bank.

June 19, 2024

25 cents 1999 to 2024 - Price guide and values

25 cents 1999 to 2024 - Price guide and values

To celebrate the millennium , the Royal Canadian Mint produced special reverses in 1999 and 2000. Years following that event, the Mint also produced a lot of special reverse designs celebrating various event: World War, Breast Cancer, Olympics and more!

June 18, 2024

List of Numismatic Medals from the Atlantic Provinces Numismatic Associations (1961-2005)

List of Numismatic Medals from the Atlantic Provinces Numismatic Associations (1961-2005)

Here's a list of numismatic medals issued from the atlantic provinces numismatic associations between 1961 and 2005.

June 17, 2024

Bank of Canada banknotes price guide and values

Bank of Canada values and prices of 2015 to 2022 banknotes

In 2015, a commemorative $20 banknote was released followed by a commemorative $10 banknote in 2017. The new 10 dollars banknote was launched in 2018 and shows Viola Desmond, icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada.

June 16, 2024

25 cents 1965 to 1998 - Price guide and values

25 cents 1965 to 1998 - Price guide and values

In 1967, Alex Colville made the wildcart (bobcat) design on all 25-cents coin and a year later, the Royal Canadian Mint replaced silver for nickel as the composition for this denomination. In 1992, the Mint issued reverse designs, chosen by a national contest, are based on the 12 province and territories of Canada.

June 14, 2024

2 dollars 1865 to 1888 Newfoundland

2 dollars 1865 to 1888 Newfoundland

Like all other British North American colonies, Newfoundland adopted, in the mid-19th century, a decimal currency. However, in introducing the new currency in 1865, Newfoundland, unlike other colonies, chose to include a gold coin among the denominations it was issuing.

June 13, 2024

The New Queen Shoulder of 1953

The New Queen Shoulder of 1953

When the 1953 coins production started, the Mint realized that the relief of the Queen's portrait was too high, making the coins harder to strike and with less details. To solve this, Thomas Shingles, Royal Canadian Mint's Chief Engraver at the time was able to make some corrections.

June 11, 2024

50 cents 1870 to 1900 Newfoundland

50 cents 1870 to 1900 Newfoundland

The 50 cents was a popular coin in Newfoundland. The reverse changed in 1904.

June 10, 2024

Bank of Canada values and prices of 2011 to 2020 banknotes

Bank of Canada values and prices of 2011 to 2020 banknotes

This is the first time that a series of Canadian bank notes are printed on any material but paper. Bank notes printed on polymer are already in circulation elsewhere. Internationally, the first non-paper notes were produced on a polyethylene material called Tyvek and issued in three countries in the early 1980s.

June 8, 2024

25 cents 1937 to 1964 - Price guide and values

25 cents 1937 to 1964 - Price guide and values

In 1937, part of the government's program to modernize Canadian coins, the caribou head, by Emanuel Hahn, was chosen for the reverse for the 25 cents denomination.

June 7, 2024

Miramichi Coin Club Medals

From the archives: Miramichi Coin Club Medals

The 1970 Miramichi Coin Club Shipbuilding Medal was struck to commemorate the era of wooden shipbuilding on the Miramichi River. In 1977, another medal was issued to commemmorate the 10th anniversary of the Miramichi Coin Club.

June 5, 2024

Canadian coins price guide and values

Descriptions and features added - 10 cents coins

In 1858, with London's approval, Province of Canada issued coins minted in England in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 20 cents. With the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, Ottawa issued a new series of coins that were legal tender in the four provinces that signed the 1867 Confederation pact.

June 3, 2024

Banks tokens of Canada

Banks tokens of Canada

In 1850, the parliament of the Province of Canada passes acts 13 and 14 to amend the Currency Act, allowing authorized banks to produce legal tender tokens. Between 1850 and 1857 several banks issued a series of penny and halfpenny copper tokens.

June 2, 2024

Bank of Canada values and prices of 2004 to 2011 banknotes

Bank of Canada values and prices of 2004 to 2011 banknotes

Research for a new note series was under way by 1997. As high-resolution colour copiers, inkjet printers, and computer scanners became more affordable, the potential for counterfeiting intensified. With the goal of having a new design ready by 2000, a process that usually takes six years was collapsed into three.

June 1, 2024

25 cents 1902 to 1936 - Price guide and values

25 cents 1902 to 1936 - Price guide and values

The crown on the reverse of these 25 cents coins is separating the maple leaves at the top of the wreath. In 1911, the words DEI GRA (by the grace of God) were omitted. In 1912 and following issues, these words appeared on the obverse.

May 30, 2024

25 cents 1870 to 1901 - Price guide and values

25 cents 1870 to 1901 - Price guide and values

With the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, the central government assumed responsibility for money and banking, as mandated under section 91 of the British North America Act, and it undertook to standardize the fledgling country's currency. Ottawa issued the first 25 cents coins in 1870.

May 30, 2024

Dominion of Canada banknotes price guide and values

Dominion of Canada 1870 to 1882 banknotes

The value of a Dominion of Canada banknote depends on several factors such as rarity, wear, mintage, supply and demand, etc. This section will help you to find the value of your Dominion of Canada banknotes.

May 28, 2024

20 cents 1858 and 1871 - Price guide and values

20 cents 1858 and 1871 - Price guide and values

The choice of the twenty-cent coin proved to be unfortunate in that people had difficulty in quickly distinguishing between the twenty-cent piece and the U.S. twenty-five cent piece, which was widely circulated in Canada at that time.

May 27, 2024

Dominion of Canada banknotes price guide and values

Dominion of Canada 1887 to 1898 banknotes

The value of a Dominion of Canada banknote depends on several factors such as rarity, wear, mintage, supply and demand, etc. This section will help you to find the value of your Dominion of Canada banknotes.

May 26, 2024

10 cents 2003 to 2023 - Price guide and values

10 cents 2003 to 2023 - Price guide and values

Since 1937, the design on the reverse is the Bluenose, a fishing and racing gaff rig schooner built in 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It is also portrayed on the Bluenose postage stamp 50-cent issued by the Canadian government on January 6, 1929. The owners of the Bluenose were honoured in 1935 by having their schooner present when King George V reviewed the British Fleet at Spithead.

May 24, 2024

Bank of Canada values and prices of 2001 to 2004 banknotes

Bank of Canada values and prices of 2001 to 2004 banknotes

In 2001, the Bank introduced the new $10 note from the Canadian Journey series, followed by the $5 note in 2002. Notes in the new series are distinguished by new and enhanced security features to help fight counterfeiting and a tactile feature to help the blind and visually impaired identify the different denominations.

May 22, 2024

10 cents 1965 to 1989 - Price guide and values

10 cents 1965 to 1989 - Price guide and values

The composition of the 10 cents piece changed in 1967-1968 for production cost issues. The silver was replaced by nickel.

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