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Coin Update contributor Louis Golino wins a Numismatic Literary Guild award

August 9, 2017 in Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners, USA Coins

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During the 2017 Numismatic Literary Guild (www.nlgonline.org) awards ceremony, held during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, on August 4, Coin Update contributor Louis Golino won his second NLG award to date.

The award for the best article in a non-numismatic publication was given for his story “Liberty Centennial Designs,” published in the magazine Elemetal Direct, about the 2016 trio of gold Liberty coins.

Louis has been writing about coins since 2010 for a wide range of publications and websites. He began by writing for Coin Update on modern U.S. coins. He then wrote a weekly… Full article at the source>

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Whitman authors will speak at 2017 ANA “Money Talks” in Denver

August 2, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

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Several Whitman Publishing authors are scheduled to give “Money Talks” presentations at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, August 1–5, 2017. The show is held at the Colorado Convention Center. Each “Money Talks” presentation is held in room 501 and is 30 to 45 minutes long, with time afterward for questions and discussion from the audience.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

“Collecting Modern U.S. Mint Silver Medals for Fun and Profit” — Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, author of American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date, will share his research and insight, and will… Full article at the source>

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Book review: The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt satisfies coin collectors and American history buffs alike

August 1, 2017 in Antique Coins, Art, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Tucker News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

How often do you read a numismatic book outside of the fields you actively collect?

Some hobbyists stick to their favorite subjects—if they collect Morgan dollars, they read books about Morgan dollars, and don’t stray very far into Buffalo nickels, commemoratives, world coins, or medals and tokens.

Many other hobbyists are like numismatic sponges, happy to absorb as much knowledge as they can from all directions. We see this at Whitman Publishing all the time. Some collectors have favorite authors and would buy a Ken Bressett book whether it’s about U.S. paper currency, English coins, or money used in Biblical times. Some… Full article at the source>

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ANA World’s Fair of Money auction preview: Stack’s Bowers Galleries world and ancient coins and paper money

July 31, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The ANA (American Numismatic Association) is holding its annual World’s Fair of Money—considered one of the largest numismatic trade shows of the world—from August 1 to August 5 in Denver, Colorado. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will hold various auctions in conjunction with the show. Offered are a wide variety of U.S., world, and ancient coins and paper money in various floor and online sessions. In this preview article we will take look at the world side of things; in another article we take a closer look at offerings from around the field of American numismatics. All lots, including descriptions and photos,… Full article at the source>

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John F. Kennedy commemorative coin bills introduced

July 28, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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On July 17, companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate authorizing production of commemorative coins to honor the birth centennial of President John F. Kennedy. Since last year (and even earlier), collectors have been watching for a blip on the legislative radar that would signal plans for a Kennedy commemorative; as each month passed with nothing to authorize such a program, they became increasingly vocal in their disapproval. Once Kennedy’s 100th birthday (May 29) was in the rearview mirror, most of the complaints gave way to an unhappy sense of resignation.

The oversight has been all the more glaring… Full article at the source>

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Falkland Islands: Liberation is remembered with new silver crown coin

July 27, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, UK Coins, Uncirculated Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The government and Treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (11th July) a new crown coin which remembers the 35th anniversary of the day the islands were officially and wholly liberated from invading forces of the Argentinian Army. The long-running dispute between Britain and Argentina over the ownership of the Falkland Islands was brought to a head on the 19th March 1982, when 50 Argentinians landed on South Georgia Island and hoisted their flag. Under the order of Leopoldo Galtieri, president of Argentina and head of the military junta in charge, the invasion of the Falkland Islands was declared on… Full article at the source>

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North Carolina joins 35 other states with sales-tax exemptions

July 26, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, E-commerce, Education, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, US Government

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On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper signed into law House Bill 434: Coins/Currency/Bullion Sales Tax Exemption. The law is a complete sales-and-use tax exemption on coins, currency, and precious-metals bullion sales.

“The bill’s author, Representative Dana Bumgardner, coauthors Representative Jeff Collins, Representative Mark Brody, and Representative Mike Clampitt, along with its Senate sponsor, Senator Bill Rabon, championed the bill through the legislature,” said Mitch Hyatt (Hyatt Coin Shop, Charlotte, North Carolina). “North Carolina coin businesses and collectors owe them a debt of gratitude.”

In the fall of 2016, Hyatt started collaborating with the Industry Council for Tangible Assets… Full article at the source>

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Israel: 50th anniversary of Jerusalem under one authority commemorated on new silver and gold coins

July 24, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Israel Coins, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The Bank of Israel will issue (1st August) new gold and silver coins which mark the 50th year of the city of Jerusalem, which was brought under one single authority as a result of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Throughout Jewish history, the holy city of Jerusalem has never been forgotten. The city is considered holy to each of the primary monotheistic religions, with Jerusalem remaining an eternal source of inspiration and focus of pilgrimage for people from all over the globe.

From 1947 (before the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948) until 1967, Jerusalem was a divided city. The… Full article at the source>

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New Ken Bressett book on coin collecting will be available at the August 2017 Denver ANA Show

July 21, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Books, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers

By: Dennis Tucker News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newest edition of the Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting: An Introduction to the World of Coins, by Kenneth Bressett. The 288-page softcover book debuted July 4, 2017, and is now available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $12.95. Mr. Bressett will autograph copies at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1–5, 2017.

The guide, popularly known as the “Yellow Book,” includes chapters on coin collecting as a hobby; places to find coins; how coins are made; venues to learn… Full article at the source>

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Spain: “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” the focus of new silver coin

July 20, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre–Real Casa de la Moneda will issue, on the 24th July, a new silver coin with colour accenting that seeks to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism. The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This new initiative seeks to further the development among public- and private-sector decision-makers and the public at large, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

Spain in particular is a very desirable destination for literally millions of tourists who are attracted… Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending July 16, 2017

July 20, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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This report covers the week ending July 16, 2017. The Mint had one new release during this sales period: the 2017 America the Beautiful–Ozark National Scenic Riverways 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin (17AL). Released on July 11, it handily took the number-one-seller spot on this week’s report, with 13,740 units sold. Among the 5-ounce ATB Uncirculated coins, however, it had one of the weakest opening-week showings ever.

The 2017 American Eagle 1-ounce platinum Proof coin (17EJ)—last week‘s best seller—tumbled to seventh place, but it remains an interesting item. Limited to a mintage of 10,000, the coin was released on July 6… Full article at the source>

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Dismantling a Roosevelt dime collection

July 18, 2017 in Auctions, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Fun, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja  News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Last year I won a stunning set of Jefferson nickels and wrote about it for Coin Update, explaining the process to dismantle a set (i.e., removing high-end coins for holdering). The process involves identifying toned coins, which command a premium, then checking for rare varieties or mint errors, and finally, selecting coins based on eye appeal and strike.

With regard to Jefferson nickels, premiums for strike occur with full steps (at least 5) on the reverse Monticello.

This month I won a premium set of Roosevelt dimes (circulation strikes) with a bid of $110 ($128.70 realized price) in an online Proxibid… Full article at the source>

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Planes, trains, and automobiles: Thematic bank-note collecting

July 14, 2017 in Bank Notes, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Paper Money

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Thematic (or topical) collecting is very popular in the stamp community. There are collectors and clubs for a wide range of subjects, from butterflies to lighthouses and from royalty to astronomy. In the numismatic world, collecting by theme is not as popular or well publicized, but there are still many opportunities to build a collection based on a certain topic, and many collectors who build such collections. In this article we will take a look at some areas of banknote collecting that are likely to give a thematic collector the most opportunity to find examples with a certain theme.

Banknote designs… Full article at the source>

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What are the greatest modern coins of the United States?

July 13, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Books, Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Reference, USA Coins

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The fourth edition of Whitman Publishing’s 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins will enjoy its public debut in a few short weeks. Look for it at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado. In the meantime, if you’re a fan of modern U.S. coins, you can preorder your copy online or from your favorite local bookstore.

When 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins debuted in February 2011, it was the eighth volume in Whitman Publishing’s popular 100 Greatest™ library of books. In earlier volumes the spotlight was occupied by rare and valuable ancient coins, unique 18th- and 19th-century… Full article at the source>

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Italy: New €2 marks Bi-millenary of the death of famed historian

July 8, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, or IPZS, Italy’s state minting facility have issued (23rd June) a new €2 coin which marks the occasion of the bi-millenary of the death of one of the Roman world’s most important historians, Titus Livius (59 B.C.–17 A.D.) Livius is pre-eminently remembered for his work Ab Urbe Condita (The History of Rome from Its Foundation), the most important history of Rome and a comprehensive chronicle of the Roman people from its origins to the age of Augustus.

The coin is designed by Claudia Momoni and depicts a bust of the Roman historian Titus Livius, …Full article at the source>

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David Lange awarded ANA’s Numismatist of the Year Award

July 8, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners

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David W. Lange is the 2017 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA’s) Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the association. He will be presented with the award on Friday, August 4, during the awards banquet at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver.

As an author and researcher, David Lange is adept in a wide variety of numismatic areas. The longtime collector specializes in U.S. type coins, Philippine coins and notes from 1903 to 1945, and British coins from 1816 to 1970. Full article at the source>

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“Past & Present” takes a look at the success of the 50 State Quarters Program

July 7, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Quarters, USA Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Here at Coin Update, we’re great fans of the blog “Past & Present,” which is operated by the Stamp & Coin Place. We like it so much, in fact, that we asked them to let us share snippets of their blog posts from time to time. Happily for our readers, they graciously agreed. The following, which considers the success of the 50 State Quarters Program, is the first of what we hope will be many such posts. Enjoy!

The State Quarter series is easily the most successful numismatic program of all time. It generated over $3.8 billion in seigniorage… Full article at the source>

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Perth Mint’s rare $1.8m coin trilogy sold

July 7, 2017 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals

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The following is a courtesy post from our sister site World Mint News Blog.

The pinnacle of the Perth Mint’s long-term association with Rio Tinto and Argyle Pink Diamonds, the Australian Trilogy is an incomparable combination of precious metals and rare, natural, fancy-colored diamonds unearthed from the Argyle Diamond Mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia.

“This coveted collection of diamond-studded gold and platinum coins has raised the bar on the concept of ‘unique collectable,’ exemplifying the quality craftsmanship for which the Perth Mint and Argyle Pink Diamonds are renowned,” said Perth Mint chief executive officer Richard Hayes.

Since the… Full article at the source>

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How do late ANACS slabs stack up with modern PCGS?

July 1, 2017 in ANACS, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service)

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Viewers of Coingrader Capsule know we test modern holdering companies, especially against the widely held half-truth / half-myth that early graders were more conservative than those of today. You can view several posts about that in Coin Update.

Here’s one of the first that I did in 2011, titled “Old Green Holders” [ain’t what they used to be]. Here’s another about “Inconsistencies of Old Green Holders.”

In the end, the earlier graders may have been stricter more often than not, but also more inconsistent than top-notch graders for PCGS and NGC. So I decided to crack out and test these quarter…Full article at the source>

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Hungary: Esteemed Hungarian composer featured on new silver coin

June 30, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Design, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The National Bank of Hungary have issued (24th June) a new coin which pays tribute to one of the country’s most respected and esteemed music composers, who is also remembered as a folk-dance researcher. László Lajtha was born 125 years this month in 1892. His contribution to Hungarian arts and music resulted in a resurgence of Hungarian folk dancing during the decade of the 1970’s.

The coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary at their facilities in Budapest on behalf of the National Bank. The obverse of the coin is designed by Andrea Horváth and depicts a couple folk dancing… Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending June 25, 2017

June 28, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

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This week, we caught up with a couple of missing 2017 U.S. Mint numismatic sales reports: one for the period ending May 14, and one for the period ending May 21. The present report covers the week ending June 25, 2017.

There are no new releases on the report this week. Last week’s only new release—and that week’s top seller—was the 2017-P American Liberty silver medal (17XB). It remains within the upper tier of sales, ranking fourth this with 2,963 sold. More than 36,000 of the medals have been purchased since it was released on June 14. Its predecessor,… Full article at the source>

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Exaggerated descriptions plague coin auctions

June 19, 2017 in Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, E-commerce, Education, Ethics, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

I am growing weary reporting exaggerated descriptions in online coin auctions hosted by major portals, such as Proxibid and eBay. While it is difficult for those portals to monitor all lots in multitudes of auctions, it nevertheless hurts the hobby when hyped descriptions are not reported.

Here are just a few recent examples. I could provide many more, but these deal with coin rolls, raw coins, and holdered coins by eBay-approved and unapproved companies.

Let’s start with the “never opened” roll (hover cursor over images to zoom)… Full article at the source>

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South Africa: Innovative twinned coins celebrate 50th anniversary of world’s first heart transplant

June 5, 2017 in African Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, South Africa Coins, World Coins

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The South African Mint has issued a silver coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of a medical miracle that astonished the world in 1967—the world’s first heart transplant, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The extraordinary surgery is celebrated on a unique pair of coins: a 2-Rand silver coin and a smaller, 2-1/2-cent “Tickey.” The two coins actually fit together to allow the viewer to imagine the transplant. The small silver Tickey coin, depicting the good heart, appears on top of the larger coin depicting the torso and, within it, the poor heart.

The very complex and correct anatomical detail… Full article at the source>

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France: Endearing Disney character Scrooge McDuck features on latest “Youth Series” gold and silver coins

June 2, 2017 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new series of coins which features one of Walt Disney Studios’ most engaging cartoon characters: Scrooge McDuck. The irrepressible duck with his affectation of a broad Scottish brogue has been part of the world of Disney now for 70 years.

Initially inspired by the Charles Dickens classic novel A Christmas Carol and its primary antagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, Carl Barks came up with the quintessentially stodgy but lovable Scrooge McDuck in 1947. At the time, Banks was an author of comic-book stories for Western Publishing, an American comic-edition company, and was also working for Walt… Full article at the source>

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Canada: Presentation of new silver coin marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe Raid

June 1, 2017 in Canadian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Royal Canadian Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The Royal Canadian Mint has taken part in an official presentation (25th May) of their new silver collector coin marking the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, where brave Canadian troops suffered heavy losses in Canada’s first army combat mission of the Second World War. In remembrance of this unforgettable chapter in Canadian military history, the Royal Canadian Mint took part in the presentation of a framed version of this coin to the Moncton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, member of parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, joined Royal Canadian Mint board of directors… Full article at the source>

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