“The Gold Coins of Newfoundland” by Harvey B. Richer

About the Book...

The Gold Coins of Newfoundland 1865-1888: How Newfoundland came to possess a spectacular mintage of gold coins

Newfoundland was the only British colony in North America to strike gold coins for general circulation. This was remarkable given that it was one of the poorest British possessions in North America and with an economy largely based on the barter system. This book explores the history of Newfoundland through its coinage. It presents fascinating new details for each year that gold coins were minted, the existing distribution of these scarce coins, a survey of the greatest collections ever assembled, and the provenances of the rarest of the gold coins.

About the Author...

Harvey Richer is professor of astronomy at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 140 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and is one of the largest Canadian users of the Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Richer was the 2014 recipient of the Carlyle S. Beals Award of the Canadian Astronomical Society given for lifetime achievement. Recently he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the foremost academic society in the country.


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SABS Note of Noteworthiness

Boulder Publications will host the Newfoundland launch of "The Gold Coins of Newfoundland" on Thursday, July 27 at the Anna Templeton Centre (the former Bank of British North America), 278 Duckworth Street, St. John's, NL  from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Author Harvey Richer will give a presentation on Newfoundland’s gold coins. Available for viewing will be a magnificent example of the $2 gold coin and an intriguing $5 note from one of the Newfoundland banks that failed in 1894. As well, all book launch attendees will receive a coin as a souvenir.

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