The Exchange : Regina Show Features Rare Patterns

Regina Show Features Rare Patterns

The Regina Coin Club's fall show and sale on October 19-20 will feature a complete set of five Canadian 1937 brass specimen pattern coins produced at the Paris Mint. The coins, in denominations of one cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents and 50 cents, are the only known complete set in private hands. The other complete set is in the National Currency Museum at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa.

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What makes these coins so special is that they are made of brass and have a coinage axis, meaning the obverse and reverse go in opposite directions, like American coins. The coins are all graded Specimen 64 by PCGS.

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Another aspect is the provenance of the set. After the set was minted at the Paris Mint, it was purchased by King Farouk of Egypt, who had one of the largest and best coin collections in the world. After Farouk was ousted in a coup in 1953, his coin collection was sold at auction to John Pittman, who later became the president of both the ANA and CNA. The set was later purchased by Dr. John Temple, an advanced American collector. The collection now belongs to an advanced investor collector from British Columbia, who purchased it at the RCNA convention in Winnipeg in July. While the set has a value in the six figures, its owner calls the set "priceless."

Also on display will be two Governor General of Canada Earl Grey medals, one in bronze, the other in silver. The medals were issued during Earl Grey's term of office (1904-1911) during which time he had a silver cup made to celebrate the winning team in the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game. As 2013 is the 101st Grey Cup game that will be hosted in Regina in November, the Regina Coin Club thought it would highlight the event with a display of Grey Cup memorabilia including items from the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup-winning Saskatchewan Roughriders football club.

Earlier this year, Vaughn Solomon Schofield, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan became the Honourary Patron of the Regina Coin Club, which celebrated its 60th anniversary. The present Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan is also a patron and supporter of the Canadian military so she thought a display of her military challenge coins would make an interesting display at the show. The display will feature coins from military organizations in Canada and the United States that were presented to the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War so another interesting display will be Canadian trench art done on captured German artillery shells. The three shells mark some of the most important WWI battles that Canadians fought in, including Ypres, Somme, Avion, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.

Other highlights of the show include a meeting of the CoinHawks Club on Saturday October 19 at 1 p.m. The CoinHawks Club is a coin club for children aged 8 to 16. All children are encouraged to attend the meeting where they will receive information about coin collecting as well as free coins.

Coin, stamp, sports card and militaria dealers from across western Canada will be in the bourse with large quantities of coins, stamps, sports cards and militaria for sale.

The action takes place on October 19 and 20 at the Turvey Centre, located on Armour Road, just north of Regina near the Evraz steel plant. The cost of admission is $3 for adults, $1 for teens aged 13-16, children 12 and younger get in free if accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact George Manz at (306) 352-2337.

Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00

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