Quebec numismatist André Langlois has authored a new coin grading guide, called the Guide for Grading Coins of Canada.
Langlois has been a member of the Association of Numismatists and Philatelists from Boucherville (ANPB, or the “Association des numismates et des philatélistes de Boucherville” in French), which will be hosting the RCNA Convention in 2017, for more than 35 years. As a numismatist for more than half a century, he has written many articles about coin grading and values for local publications in Quebec. And aside from his fervent collecting, he also owned a coin shop when he was younger.
Langlois said he has spent the past few years compiling his 175-page coin grading guide, which includes all grades for all Canadian coins intended for circulation.
“There’s nothing recent – no commemoratives or Royal Canadian Mint products – because recent issues don’t need to be graded like older issues, in my opinion,” he said. “This guide is mostly for older decimal coins, all the way from Victoria to Elizabeth, and it stops around the 1970s. It deals with all grades – even half-grades – from the lowest possible to the highest possible.”
The author said the reason recent issues don’t need to be graded as closely as the older coinage that’s featured in his guide is recent issues often sell at Mint-state.
“It’s not relevant, in my opinion, to include recent issues in a grading guide,” said Langlois. “The emphasis is on older coins.”
While the Charlton Press has its own coin grading guide, the Standard Grading Guide to Canadian Decimal Coins, Langlois said his is more comprehensive, with “large-sized, high-definition images” accompanying each listing.
“It’s very different in many ways,” he said, about his book. “First, it uses actual images, not drawings; secondly, the presentation is different; and lastly, all half-grades are covered for both sides of all types of circulation coins. The major difference is with the large-sized, high-definition images, which are much better for grading than drawings.”
Langlois said the target audience is anyone looking to acquire Canadian decimal coins in particular grades.
“Really, it’s for anyone at a large coin show, on an auction floor, or at a certification company.”