Welcome to the exciting world of numismatics! Numismatics is defined as the study of coins, paper money, tokens and other related monetary items. Until the last 50 years, there were only limited resources for collectors of Canadian coins. The current price guides were either non-existent, or in their infancy. Coin clubs existed only in the largest cities, coin dealers were few in numbers, and correspondence between collectors was minimal.
Since the late 1940s, however, there have been significant advancements in the hobby. In 1950, the Canadian Numismatic Association was founded, and the first “Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins” by J.E. Charlton was published in 1952.
The 1950s and 1960s saw the establishment of hundreds of coin clubs across Canada. There is a club or organization in most major towns and cities. Today, there are numerous catalogues, price guides, and periodicals devoted to Canadian numismatics.