The entrancing game of Trivial Pursuit has now been immortalized on a Canadian coin. Which makes
sense as the inventors were Canadian. I spent many frustrating evenings playing Trivial Pursuit. This
coin was for their 35th anniversary 1982-2017.
Each $25 silver coin has H. M. Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and the full colour Pursuit wheel
on the reverse. The coin weighs one ounce of 999 fine silver and is in Proof condition. It comes in a handsome
wooden case with certificate. Unfortunately we were only able to secure 20 pieces. They are sure
to be popular with collectors and gamers alike. I only wish I could have bought more of them, but that
was all that were left.
This is one of a handful of very interesting commemorative issues struck by Constantine the Great. The type offered here is one of the two more affordable types and was made for the founding of Constantinople in A.D. 330. They are made from bronze and show the Goddess of the city, ‘Constantinopolis’, in a helmet and
war gear on the obverse. The reverse shows the goddess of Victory on the prow of a ship holding a sceptre and shield. This is to symbolise the port being captured using ships by Constantine’s son, Crispus. On a small amount of these reverses, the prow will be facing
towards Victory, this is because the engravers making the designs didn’t realise the goddess was meant to be on the ship!
There are enough variations in mintmarks and the styles of the designs on these to form a collection of these types alone.
But the most interesting about these coins is how well they have survived! At this time bronze coins would circulate so heavily that it is very hard to find them in a good grade. We have a small collection of this commemorative from 1600 years ago in this exceptional
almost Extremely Fine grade.
Afabulous Crown Cover of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II. This colourful item contains 2 commemorative
postage stamps from the Ascension Islands and a Full crownsized 50 Cents
coin from the Cook Islands with the Queen’s portrait on it. The cover has a full colour photo
on it and supplies are very limited.