In 1977 changes were made to the striking process which resulted in two varieties, high and low 7. The low 7 is far more scarce, thus making it more valuable to collectors.
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On June 20, 1837, only 26 days after Princess Victoria's 18th birthday, William IV died at the age of 71, and Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom. Her coronation took place on June 28, 1838, at Westminster Abbey, and she became the first sovereign to take up residence at Buckingham Palace.
In what is now a legendary tale, a Loonie was buried at centre ice prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City to bring good luck to Canada's gold medal-winning men's and women's ice hockey teams. Learn more about other "Lucky Loonies" and good luck coins.
Coins are often seen as a window on history, especially when looking back on those monarchs who have figured so prominently in the events of the past. The likenesses of the English royal family have graced Canadian coins for almost 150 years, the images of kings and queens immortalized in silver and gold.
Most of us who collect coins are inspired by history and beautiful artwork, and are intrigued by the tangible link to an era gone by. We enjoy the feeling of accomplishment as we add a missing piece to a collection, or acquire a truly spectacular piece. But it is human nature to also want our purchases to be a good investment.
The Royal Canadian Mint has been a producing Canada’s coins for over 100 years. Opened in 1908, the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint struck its first coin – an Edward VII silver fifty-cent piece. Since that first coin, the Royal Canadian Mint has undergone great change in the production of its coins; however, the basics remain the same.
The 1973 25 cent RCMP Mountie quarter is one of the most commonly collected coins in Canada. Unfortunately it is also one of the most misunderstood.
Officially announced in October of 1938, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were scheduled to tour the provinces of Canada, with a quick visit to the United States, from May 17 to June 15, 1939.
There are a few coins that will never cease to impress. Such was the case when a private collector entered our store unannounced to sell a single coin. That coin turned out to be a Canadian 50 cent piece dated 1921.
Coins with significant errors are seldom encountered in Canada or in the United States. The rare coins which occasionally escape the comprehensive screening by the Mint are highly prized and widely collected. Not only are these coins visually unusual and interesting, they also provide insight into how the coins are normally produced.
Dr. Hieu C. Truong Centre of Excellence - a 70,000 square foot expansion of the Mint’s plating facility - has been named in honour of Dr. Truong, a Royal Canadian Mint inventor and innovator for 35 years, with a reputation at the Mint and in minting technology circles that has become legendary.
If you're looking to purchase a magnifier or loupe to view your coins, use this handy guide to help you choose your magnification.
Collecting bank notes because of interesting or significant serial numbers is a fun and growing way to build your paper money collections. Our quick reference guide will help you identify the most important types of serial numbers to watch out for - check your paper money and perhaps you'll find your lucky number!
Have you ever thought that maybe there was a coin in your pocket change that was really worth something, but didn't know what to look for? Use this information to check your change, and with a little luck, you might find a silver lining in your pocket!
Paper money is one of the most intriguing areas of numismatics, but is also one of the most misunderstood. We've build this handy guide to help you better understand the bank notes in your collection, and hopefully find a hidden treasure!
Hey kids! Have you ever found a cool coin in your change? Maybe your parents or family members have given you coins to add to your collection? Chances are you've found one of these quarters, so use our handy guide to collect them all!
Looking for more information on Canada's circulating commemorative dollars? Look no further! Use our handy guide to help you collect them all.
There are many reasons why people invest in precious metals. The most obvious is the speculative opportunity to earn a profit if the market value goes up. While the opportunity for a capital gain remains real, security and preservation of wealth is now the primary reason why many financial advisors are recommending to clients that 10% to 25% of their investment portfolio should be in precious metals.
In this age of on-line access to everything from distant sellers, counterfeiting of rare coins has become a major problem for inexperienced collectors. Rare and high grade coins being offered through on-line auctions at significantly reduced prices can seem too good to pass up, and bargains from markets or other non-professional dealers can look like the best place to get great deals. In almost all cases, if the deal looks too good to be true, the item is counterfeit.
Learn more about the Dollars of Canada in this handy illustrated resource.