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