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Minting Customers

The Royal Canadian Mint has become much more than a creator and distributor of Canadian daily coinage. In addition to special orders for foreign governments, transit authorities, etc., it has expanded offerings to the world of coin collectors and investors, in Canada and beyond. (more…)

The Collector Market Place

Last September and October I wrote a series of six posts concerning ‘The Art of Collecting’.  Part of the underlying philosophy of expectation, including more basic categories such as coins and stamps, is predicated on there being an available marketplace should one decide to be a seller rather than being more static. (more…)

The Art of Collecting – Part 6

As previously noted, ‘atypical’ assets provide both potential rewards, i.e. monetary / personal, and hassle factors, i.e. cost / space / time.

Based on articles from “Advisor’s Edge” magazine, here are factors and statistics concerning a few lesser known, larger asset types: (more…)

The Art of Collecting – Part 5

As previously noted, ‘atypical’ assets provide both potential rewards, i.e. monetary / personal, and hassle factors, i.e. cost / space / time.

Main pros include limited supply, tradability, brand reputation, and portability.  Main cons include storage issues, appraisal and insurance costs, plus condition and packaging. (more…)

The Art of Collecting – Part 4

‘Atypical’ assets offer the diversifying collector or investor a panorama of options.

These assets juggle potential rewards, i.e. monetary / personal, and hassle factors, i.e. cost / space / time. Main pros and cons are a mix of the following: (more…)

The Art of Collecting – Part 3

Among the reasons people build collections are lifestyle and for investment asset diversification.

The latter category does not necessarily come to mind as motivation, at least not initially. (more…)

The Art of Collecting – Part 2

Collecting can start overtly or by serendipity, but in either case the lifestyle impact can vary between a periodic pursuit of additions to a long-term fixation on scooping as much as one can find or afford. (more…)