Lo­cal politi­cian to speak at Colby’s AGM

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

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.

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