Local politician to speak at Colby’s AGM
Orford MNA Pierre Reid will be the season opener to the Colby-Curtis Museum’s Lecture/luncheons, talking about his impressive coin collection which is also on temporary exhibit at the Museum, following the organization’s Annual General Meeting this Saturday morning. The presentation is entitled: “Old Coinage: Back to the Future”.
“I have never put on an exhibition before, not for my coins or my photographs,” commented Mr. Reid who is also an avid photographer. He began collecting old coins in earnest in 2008, inspired by the 400th anniversary of the City of Quebec. “I wondered if it was possible to find some coins dating back to 1608. Then I was surprised by how useful the internet is, today, to find coins. It was difficult before but, now, there are some very good, safe sites. I found about ten or twelve from 1608,” said Mr. Reid.
Coin collecting led to a greater interest in learning about Quebec history for this long-standing member of the Quebec parliament. “It gave me a reason to read about how history developed, especially the period from 1830 to 1840; there was lots of action in Lower Canada. It’s often believed that French Canadians didn’t participate in the economy back then, but the coins, which have French on both sides, reflect the fact that they did take part.”
At the same time that Mr. Reid was getting into coin collecting, he was also exploring micro-photography and decided it would be interesting to photograph old coins. “It was very difficult. When we look at coins we must move them in our hands to see them properly. I never touch up my photos so I have to do a lot of work with the lighting to photograph old coins.”
When asked what he found fascinating about coin collecting, Mr. Reid explained: “It’s a link with humans of another time. First someone makes the design on the
coin with a punch; people had to prepare the coins. I have some very wellpreserved coins and you can see the artistry is of a very high capacity. It is a wonderful way to communicate with people from the past. I like to think that I’m bringing this art ‘back to the future’ with my photographs.
The exhibition of Mr. Reid’s coins and photographs, called Coins of the Old and New Worlds, will continue through the summer.