Guest Commentary from the March 14, 2016, issue of Coin World:
The basic theme expressed in Pierre Burton’s book titled 1967: The Last Good Year could also be applied to the collecting of medallions issued in Canada. During the 1960s, collectors were still experiencing a period in numismatic history that was a continuation of the roaring 1950s of coin collecting that resulted from post-war prosperity. During this time, medallions and trade dollar tokens were beginning to become more popular to commemorate events or increase tourism.
The production of medallions peaked during 1967 in Canada as the nation celebrated its 100th anniversary of Confederation (becoming its own country separate from the British Colonies). This year witnessed production of several hundred different medallions in Canada, and there hasn’t been another year in Canada’s history that was so prolific.
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This is my 24th year collecting Canadian Centennial medals and I’m still adding pieces I thought I would never find, including medallions that no collectors have heard of before.
These medallions are a piece of history that together tell a unique story during this great year in Canadian medallion production!
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One can collect for 1967 Canadian medals in three specialty areas.
‘Purist’ Centennial collector
The “purist” 1967 Centennial collector is one who only collects issues with the Centennial symbol on it (11 equilateral triangles forming a maple leaf, which represents all 10 provinces and one territory of the time period). Some will go further and allow an issue with 1867-1967 on it with a Canadian reference also.