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Why is the 1991 Canadian 25 Cent So Valuable?

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Why is the 1991 Canadian Quarter Worth So Much?

Did you know there were only 459,000 25 cent pieces minted for 1991’s circulation strikes making the 1991 Canadian 25 cent so valuable?

This is compared to 31,258,000 in 1990 to 153,000,000 in 1992.  1992 was a commemorative year featuring strikes for each of the Canadian provinces and territories.  It turns out that the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) has minted an average of 69,000,000 25 cent coins every year.

Some consider 1991 a key date, however, I beg to differ.  If you compare the number of coins struck in 1991 for the 25 cent comparatively, you’ll notice a huge discrepancy for the 25 cent.

While other decimal coins struck numbers well into the millions, the 25 cent saw far fewer minted.

This is one of the coins that I keep me from going full debit card payments.  I like to pay for items say under $20 with cash so I can get change back.  I’ve often found great gems of coins over the years.  Sure, these coins are circulated, but as the most passionate of coin collectors know, it is the sport of finding the coin, cataloguing it, then mentally etching permanently in memory, the story behind it.

Should you have kept rolls of these quarters when they were minted, figure they are worth at least $18 (brilliant uncirculated condition, of course) apiece.  That’s over $700CAD per roll!

At $18 per quarter, that’s $720 per roll.  If the value appreciates to $20 a coin, that would be $800 per roll!

Why is the 1991 Canadian 25 Cent So Valuable?

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Why Canadian Coin Collecting is a Great Idea

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Coin Collecting Advice – Why You Should Collect Canadian Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has over the course of its history produced some of the most unique and rare coins to be found anywhere.

What makes Canadian coin collecting even more interesting is the fact that it has sometimes proven a reliable investment as far as other coins are concerned.

The value of a coin is usually influenced by different factors including supply and demand, the current state of the coins, mintage, dates and rarity. Most seasoned collectors seek to find coins that can increase in value over time and which are most sought after by other collectors.

Canadian Coin Denominations – The Decimal Coins

No matter what kind of collector you are, you can find all kinds of coins.. For people in the US, getting access to Canadian coins can be a lot easier because of the millions of Americans who travel back and forth across the Canadian border every year.  However, let it be noted that most Canadian coins obtained by our neighbour south of the border were obtained via eBay.

The coins minted in Canada come in several denominations including 1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent and 50 cent. You also get the 1 dollar and 2 dollar coins. Canadian coins come with some amazing depictions.  Note that the RCM ensures designs embrace Canadian culture, nature and historical figures.

Being part of the Commonwealth, many Canadian coins honour royals and one of the more prominent figures depicted is Queen Elizabeth II whose Elizabeth Silver dollar remains very popular, fetching anywhere in the region of $2500 upwards.

Some of the most popular Canadian coins

When it comes time to decide which coins you should collect, the sky’s the limit.  Aside from the regular Canadian decimal coins, you’ll have quite the selection.  Keep in mind the RCM releases coins intended for the collector and dealer.  Some of the most valued coins include the Rare Canadian Victorian Quarters particularly the rare 25 cent coin ones which tend to be more valuable than the Edwardian coins.

Other rare coins include the 1921 50 Cent piece, the 1937 Canadian 25 Cent, the 1973 25 Cent large bust, not to mention the 1991 25 cent, due to its very low mintage of about 459,000 as compared to about 32,000,000 minted in the previous year.

The 2007-2010 Olympic Quarters which were minted to commemorate the 2010 Olympic Games are also popular. Bi-Centennial coins and war-time coins are also some of the most sought after Canadian coins.

Places where you can purchase Canadian coins

You can find Canadian coins from coin dealers on internet sites and at coin dealerships. Some dealers specialize exclusively in Canadian coins and have large collections with many varieties to choose from. You can even buy some coins directly from the Royal Canadian Mint which offers collectors different types of sets and packages. Whatever your preference, Canadian coins still remain some of the best you can acquire for your collection.

Why Canadian Coin Collecting is Rewarding

Given Canada’s relatively short age (Canada became Canada in 1867), Canadian coins are amongst the top tradable coins in the world.  This is undoubtedly, a big reason to make Canadian coin collecting a popular hobby over the years.  This is despite other trends such as no longer the need to pay for everything with cash.  With the lack of some walk-in resource for new collectors, the hobby may suffer a setback.

This only means meaning that meeting other collectors may prove challenging in some places. Over the past years, these coins have gained an outstanding reputation due to their exceptional purity and exquisite design. Therefore the coins make an excellent choice not only for coin collectors, but also for investors.

Canadian coin collecting may be considered as a safe investment because Canadian coins don’t usually lose their value.  Now, of course, I’m not saying anybody’s getting rich selling the collection right now.

However, it’s of great importance for one to acquire the coins because of the rapid depreciation of the paper money. The coins have gained much popularity and showed a significant increase in the public market worldwide. These coins have gained more value over banknotes in the trading markets.  This is primarily due to the value of the “paper money” tending to deflate as much as 25% to 30% in short periods of time.

Canadian coin collecting may be considered a good investment and has recently enjoyed widespread attention in the numismatic community.

What are some advantages of Canadian coin collecting?

  • Canadian coin collecting can be very rewarding, both emotionally, and financially;
  • While the RCM continues to deliver new designs, circulation strikes, and collecter editions, there are enough variety in Canadian circulation coins to keep you busy for years to come.
  • Access to the open market for you to resell your coins at a reasonable value, seeing most coins you’ll collect are legal tender (perhaps except some from the RCM).
  • Some rare coins gain value in time, so if you hold on to your coin collection long enough, you may get more than just face value.
  • Given current exchange rates, any US-based collectors will appreciate the lower cost Canadian coins available through the usual channels such as eBay, and other coin specialized websites like colonialacres.ca.

Thanks for reading!  Be sure to start collecting Canadian coins now with passion and enjoy coins as part of your lifestyle.

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Introduction to Coin Grading

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Introduction to Coin Grading

Most of the experienced coin dealers or re-sellers I see on eBay don’t offer a coin grading in their listings without providing some type of disclaimer that they are not expert graders.  Some are even more cautious and clearly indicate that “the grading is up to you”, or “we’ll let you decide what you think the value of this coin is”.

When it comes to coin collecting, I frequently overhear customers debate about their coins. Unfortunately, there is no universally accepted coin grading standard.  Coin grading points differ between Canada and the United States (ICCS vs. PGCS).  Even the coin grading in the UK or Europe differ.  Consequently, the fact that no commonly accepted grading standard is still yet to be agreed upon doesn’t make things easier in this pastime.

Often, hobby collectors dispute how much their collection is worth based on their own criteria, not always the most objective approach to coin grading.  So many hobby collectors set them up for disappointment when they try to sell back their coins, but for get that dealers will not pay market price, but rather dealer prices, often discounted at 10-50% of market price.

To be sure, more experienced coin dealers or collectors are a step ahead of this and can determine from the selling price and seller’s feedback score what grading the coin may be expected to be but they will never offer a firm guarantee that their grading will be accepted by another coin dealer.

 

What You First Need to Know

Coin grading is an area of expertise that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  There is no standardized and widely accepted method to grade a coin but there is much information available to provide a basis for discussion.

I recommend a reputable coin grading service such as ICCS, out of Toronto.  However, I don’t always have the luxury of certifying a coin as there are associated costs and oftentimes the coin is certified to a lesser value than I would have thought.

Additionally, coins are valued based on their age, rarity, demand, condition, and denomination.  Another key factor, which drives up a coin’s value, is if there is demand for it in current markets.

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Coin Grading

Canadian Coin Grading

When it comes to coin collecting, I often hear customers discuss among themselves the value of their coins and the fact that no commonly accepted grading standard can be agreed upon.  Often, I hear disputes between these hobby collectors about how much their collection is worth based on their own criteria, which is not always the most objective approach to coin grading.

Most of the experienced coin dealers or re-sellers I see on eBay don’t offer a coin grading in their listings without providing some type of disclaimer that they are not expert graders.  Some are even more cautious and clearly indicate that “the grading is up to you”, or “we’ll let you decide what you think the value of this coin is”.

More experienced coin dealers or collectors are a step ahead of this and can determine from the selling price and seller’s feedback score what grading the coin may be expected to be but they will never offer a firm guarantee that their grading will be accepted by another coin dealer.

Nonetheless, without the aid of a standardized grading system, I am constantly faced with tough questions regarding coin grading and ultimately, the value of my customers’ coins.  Questions such as whether is MS-63 the same as BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) often come up.

With respect to the lack of a standardized coin grading system, new collectors must often develop trust with their coin dealers, as these are the only credible resources.  With that being said, a coin dealer is not necessarily an expert grader, but at least he or she can explain why they feel a coin deserves a particular grade.

 

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1973 Large Bust Canadian 25-Cent

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1973 Large Bust Canadian 25-Cent

In 1973, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the 25-cent piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  The 1973 Large Bust Canadian 25-cent was actually one of two varieties introduced that year.

A new obverse was to be introduced with a smaller, more detailed portrait of the Queen and fewer rim beads.  However, an estimated fewer than 10,000 large bust coins were minted using the 1972 obverse.  The large bust variety is also referred to as the mule bust.

The 1973 Canadian 25-cent large bust variety is a rare find but can be found on eBay as an individual piece or part of a PL set for about $300CAD.  As of December 2017, Canadian Coin News values a 1973 Canadian 25-cent large bust in MS-63 state at $750CAD.

The 1973 large bust 25-cent is one of the most coveted Canadian coins for dealers and collectors alike.

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Coin Collection Secret – Why You Should Collect Canadian Coins

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 Coin Collection Advice – Why You Should Collect Canadian Coins

Why You Should Consider Collecting Canadian Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has, over the course of its history, produced some of the most sought after coins to be found anywhere.  What makes collecting Canadian coins even more interesting is that they have proved a valuable investment.  Some of the world’s most prestigious coin collections in the world showcases Canadian numismatics.

The value of any coin is usually influenced by different factors including supply and demand, their current state, mintage, and dates and rarity. Most seasoned collectors seek to find coins that can increase in value over time and which are most sought after by other collectors.

Types of Canadian Coins

No matter what kind of collector you are, you can find all kinds of coins to collect, some of which will satisfy your emotional objectives, while some others will help meet financial objectives. For people in the US, getting access to Canadian coins can be a lot easier because of the millions of Americans who travel back and forth across the Canadian border and still continue to do so every single year.

Canadian-minted coins come in several denominations including 1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, 50 cent, Loonie ($1), and the Toonie ($2). You also get the 1 dollar and 2 dollar coins. Canadian coins come with some amazing depictions of culture, nature, and historical figures that have shaped the course of Canada’s evolution.   Many coins honour the Royals.  One of the more prominent figures depicted is Queen Elizabeth II whose Elizabeth Silver dollar remains very popular, fetching anywhere in the region of $2500 upwards.

Some of the most popular Canadian coins

When it comes time to decide which coins you should collect, the sky’s the limit.  Aside from the regular Canadian decimal coins, you’ll have quite the selection.  Keep in mind the RCM releases coins intended for the collector and dealer.  Some of the most valued coins include the Rare Canadian Victorian Quarters particularly the rare 25 cent coin ones which tend to be more valuable than the Edwardian coins.

Other rare coins include the 1921 50 Cent piece, the 1937 Canadian 25 Cent, the 1973 25 Cent large bust, not to mention the 1991 25 cent, due to its very low mintage of about 459,000 as compared to about 32,000,000 minted in the previous year.

The 2007-2010 Olympic Quarters which were minted to commemorate the 2010 Olympic Games are also popular. Bi-Centennial coins and war-time coins are also some of the most sought after Canadian coins.

Places to purchase Canadian coins

Canadian coins are widely available from coin dealers on internet sites and at coin dealerships. Some dealers specialize exclusively in Canadian coins and have large collections with many varieties to choose from. The RCM even sells most of their directly.  Whatever your preference, Canadian coins I’m sure, will still remain some of the best you can acquire for your collection for years to come.

In addition to cardinalcollectibles.com, I recommend eBay.ca or colonialacres.com for your source of coins .

 

 

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Coin Value – What is Your Coin Collection Worth?

Coin Value

When it comes to coin collecting and determining coin value, I often hear customers discuss amongst themselves the value of their coins and the fact that no commonly accepted grading standard can be agreed upon.  Often, I hear disputes between these hobby collectors about how much their collection is worth based on their own criteria, which is not always the most objective.

Most of the experienced coin dealers or resellers I see on eBay don’t offer a grading in their listings.  Some are even more cautious and clearly indicate that “the grading is up to you”, or “we’ll let you decide what you think the value of this coin is”.

More experienced coin dealers or collectors are a step ahead of this and can determine from the selling price and seller’s feedback score what grading the coin may be expected to be.

Nonetheless, without the aid of a standardized grading system, I am constantly faced with difficult questions regarding the grading and ultimately, the value of my customers’ coins, in

I am currently writing an article about the various gradings such as MS (Mint State), which include grades such as MS-62, MS-63, MS-65, MS-66, MS-70.  I will also write about PR (Proof) and PL (Proof-Like), and SP (Specimen), CIRC (Circulated), and UNC (Uncirculated).

In my experience, UNC may also be interpreted as BU (Brilliant Uncirculated), and MS-63 (Mint State).

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!  In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our eBay store here!

Coin Value – What is Your Coin Collection Worth?

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Cardinal Collectibles Store Closes After 12 Years

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Cardinal Collectibles store closes after Gilles (Jimmy) Cardinal finally retires.

Yes folks, unfortunately, the store has closed after a great run.  My father had been talking about this for a while but kept procrastinating.  At 74, Gilles finally called it quits and packed everything in.  My sister Nadine (of La Madame des Cartes) took over the space in a long awaited expansion move.

This seems like the end of an era with only weekend memories to cherish.  The store had expanded three times over the last 12 years in the Boutiques Marcado, on Montreal’s south shore community of St-Hubert.  It had seemed like one of those few stores that still had a lot of foot traffic.  Unfortunately, all good things must pass.

If you are still looking to add coins to your collection, feel free to navigate our online shop, or check out our ebay store.  If you are trying to reach Gilles Cardinal, just send us a note via the contact form at the top of the page.

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The Reason Coin Collecting is on the Fall

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Is eBay and the payment card industry killing coin collecting?

The sport of coin collecting sure isn’t like it used to be.  With today’s almost cashless shopping, including the use of Interac debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, it’s no wonder that younger coin collectors are hard to come by.

Today’s younger coin collectors seem to almost come exclusively from inherited collections or from collectors close to a living grandparent who actively collects.  This is usually a grandfather most of the time.

When I began, I had a weekly newspaper run, which the subscribers paid almost exclusively in cash.  At this time in 1982, there were still many silver coins available and I wouldn’t be surprised to find an old 1920s or 1930s penny on the ground.  Today’s newspaper subscribers pay almost exclusively by credit card, making it much more difficult for new coin collectors today to come up with wish lists and go out and hunt down their coins.  Unless you visit eBay’s website or visit a church bazar hosting several coin dealers and their coin collection filled tables, I think this is a dying sport, much like stamp-collecting.

Even Google Trends is showing the slow down of related coin collecting searches on Google over the past 5 years.

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