For over 50 years J. Douglas Ferguson was known as
“Dean of Canadian Numismatics”.
His interests were broad, encompassing the full range of coins, tokens,
bank notes, merchant
scrip and historical medals, that make up the field of
numismatics. He roamed the world, making friends and disseminating his
profound knowledge of the subject. The Foundation is honoured to bear
The J. Douglas Ferguson Historical
Foundation, established in 1971, is a non-profit educational
organization. It fills a need in Canada for
financing research and study, and for providing funds for publishing
and related activities in
the numismatic field.
objective is to give financial support to a broad range of activities
aimed at preserving our heritage as it relates to early
historical currency, banks and other issuers of money, coins, tokens,
medals and paper money
issued throughout Canada.
incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act in 1974, thus
ensuring continuation of its activities.
The J. Douglas Ferguson Historical Research Foundation is a "Catalyst
- this web site is intended to introduce
you to the mission
of the Foundation, its accomplishments and to provide comprehensive
information on its publications, most of which are still in print
- the Foundation is independent of all
organizations, although it seeks to co-operate with them to support
- all the work of the Foundation is done by
volunteers who receive no salaries or honoraria. Hence, administrative
costs have been kept very low.
- the Foundation has also
assisted, on several occasions, when senior numismatists or executors
needed professional advice on evaluating and disposing of major
collections in a safe and advantageous manner.