Now derided by some Canadians as the sarcastic “centre of the universe,” present-day Toronto served as the heart of the fledgeling Province of Upper Canada soon after its establishment in 1791. Two years later, with Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) still serving as the British colony’s first capital, Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe made his first visit to the site of the “Toronto Purchase” (also known as Treaty 13). First negotiated in 1787, revisited in 1805 and finally settled in 2010, the Toronto Purchase saw the local Indigenous community – the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – surrender about 250,000 acres of land to the British crown. The deal was made in exchange for “149 barrels of goods and a small amount of cash” – £1,700 altogether – according to the 1986 book Toronto Observed. The goods included 2,000 gun flints, 120 mirrors, 24 brass kettles, 24 laced hats, a bale of flowered flannel and 96 gallons of rum. Continue reading →
Picture Postage depicting Macdonald statue head ‘shouldn’t have been processed’
Lack of shows, auctions driving collectors to Maresch’s unreserved offerings
Are you buying or selling?
Check out the shows in your area
Revive ‘Enlightenment Award’ in time of COVID-19
Two giants among four whales on 2000 commemoratives
A philatelic mystery in Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Philatelic terms, nicknames for 19th-century Canadian stamp
From around the world
Subscribe to 26 issues for just $45.75/year
Subscribe today to receive Canada's premier coin publication. Canadian Coin News is available in both paper and digital forms.