Major (Retired) of the Canadian Army, numismatist and multiply awarded editor of several numismatic publications
Serge Pelletier (* 1960) served in the Canadian Army from 1977 to 2008. During his career, he was attached to the U. S. Army during both Gulf Wars and worked with NATO and the African Union.
Serge Pelletier began collecting money as a youngster with the ‘leftover’ coins and notes his father brought back from his travels. In parallel to his military career, Pelletier started a career as a numismatic writer in 1978. Over the years, Serge Pelletier’s writings have been published in most of the world’s premier numismatic publications.
In addition to articles, Serge Pelletier has edited and published several books on Canadian municipal trade tokens (formerly known as ‘Canadian trade dollars’). He was only 19 when Charlton Press published his first book on the subject in 1980. In 2008, he published “The Canadian Dictionary of Numismatics / Le dictionnaire canadien de numismatique”.
Serge Pelletier has also been the editor of several numismatic publications, including the official publication of the Association des numismates francophone du Canada, “Le numismate” (1994/95). His work on this publication not only tripled the membership of that association, it was awarded, by the then CNA, the title of “Best Regional Publication” on both years. Following that success, from 1995 to 1999 Serge Pelletier was the editor of Trajan’s “Les monnaies”. In 2005 and 2006, he created and edited “The Gazette of Municipal Numismatics”.
In 2010, Serge Pelletier took the reins as editor of the Ottawa Coin Club’s (later the Ottawa Numismatic Society) newsletter. Renamed “moneta”, it accumulated many awards, winning the ANA’s Best Local Newsletter competition three times and the RCNA’s Best Local Newsletter competition three times. He has been the editor of both “Coins of Canada” and “Monnaies du Canada” since 2015. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Trajan Media electronic publication, “Nummus Canada”, which is published in both English and French.
Serge Pelletier’s written work has received the following awards: Canadian Numismatic Association Guy Potter Literary Award (1979; with Jérôme H. Remick), Numismatic Literary Guild Best Article on Medals or Tokens (1979), Numismatics International Literary Award (1979), Numismatic Literary Guild Best Column in a World Numismatic Magazine (2002), and Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Jérôme H. Remick III Literary Award (2012).
Serge Pelletier received the J. Douglas Ferguson Award, the highest award in Canadian numismatics, in 2015 and was named a Fellow of the Canadian Numismatic Research Society in 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, a Fellow of the Ontario Numismatic Association, and a Knight of the Order of St. Eligius.
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And an article by Steve Woodland on Serge Pelletier receiving the 2015 J. Douglas Ferguson Award can be read in CoinsWeekly.