Just a reminder that our open house takes place tomorrow, Sunday, Dec 1st, 2019. Full details in the poster.
We look forward very much to welcoming our local customers and friends this coming Sunday, December 1st, for some music and good cheer!
I am currently putting the final touches on our “Freaks & Errors” display, which will see the unveiling of at least a couple watershed errors that have remained completely unknown until our open-house.
It is seldom that a new Royal Canadian Mint issue earns our applause, however a fabulous recent release has me truly impressed.
The 2019 “First Canadian in Space” Twenty-five cent issue commemorates the 35th anniversary of Marc Garneau’s historic launch on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
I have always loved fire engines, since my earliest memories. The colours, the arresting wail of a siren, the very nobility of a vehicle whose sole purpose for existence is the preservation of life and property – to this day, it is perhaps the continuing child in me that still thrills with every encounter. As my involvement in numismatics and antiquities in general developed in adulthood, I further grew to appreciate the aesthetics and history of vintage fire engines, with their special charm and evolution. Even entering my second decade as a professional coin dealer, however, I would never have anticipated being the catalyst for the world’s first legal-tender Fire Engine coin.
We are delighted to announce plans for our 2019 Annual Open House to be held on Sunday December 1st. This will be the “Freaks & Errors” edition of our Coins & Strings event, and will feature a fabulous display of exotic and rare coin errors. Many of these coins have never been seen in public, and the display will be an excellent cooperative effort between Alliance Coin and a number of our advanced collecting friends in the field.
A recent exciting discovery has added a new footnote to the history of Canadian Municipal Trade Tokens, with the added intrigue of unprecedented value and a Royal Visit.
In the summer of 1973, the City of Kingston, Ontario, celebrated perhaps the most significant historical milestone in the community’s rich and lengthy existence – the 300th anniversary of the landing of Count Frontenac at Kataraquoi (Kingston), in July of 1673 – the effective founding of the City. Among the many events and souvenirs planned to mark the event, a “Frontenac Dollar” token was issued by Kingston Chapter Credit Union. Struck in aluminum by Canada’s Wellings Mint, the issue was exceptional for its huge 45mm diameter, with obverse portrait of Louis de Buade de Frontenac, the popular and successful Governor of New France. The token’s reverse depicts the still-standing “Murney Tower”, erected in the 1840s as defense against possible aggression by the northern U.S. states.
The pure Silver medal, together with a small bursary, will be presented each year to a graduating student of Almonte & District High School who has chosen to pursue post-secondary studies in History or a related field.
Zachary is now attending the Museum Studies program at Ottawa’s Algonquin College, and we wish him success in his chosen field!