Michael Joffre is a lifelong collector and dealer. Before joining CWC, he was a successful investment advisor with Merrill Lynch, and National Bank of Canada. His areas of expertise include all aspects of coins and paper money, as well as many “pop-culture” collectibles such as comic books and trading cards. As President for 12 years, he has overseen the purchase and sale of many millions of dollars of rare coins and estate jewellery.
Mr. Joffre is our head buyer, and is actively involved in almost all purchases from the public. His philosophy is to give clients professional, efficient service, and to make sure everyone gets treated fairly.
Coins are not just a profession for our president. He is also an active collector and researcher of the medieval coins of Europe, and has a strong interest in coins from ancient Greek times to present. His credentials include…
- Lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association
- Lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association
- President Lakeshore Coin Club
- President Montreal Numismatic Society
- Member of the Association des Numismates et des Philatelistes de Boucherville
- Member La Societe Numismatique de Quebec
- Member Canadian Paper Money Society
- Member Ottawa Coin Club
- Member Ontario Numismatic Association
- Member International Bank Note Society
- Pricing advisor and contributor to the Charlton Standard Catalogues; Canadian Coins, Canadian Government Paper Money, Canadian Tokens, Canadian Bank Notes. He provides images of rare items, updates on French Regime coinage, and is on the pricing panel of all above publications.
- Contributor to World Hallmarks (Vol.1 Europe), 2009
- Columnist for the Montreal Times - Coin Collecting.
- Columnist for the Senior Times - Coin Collecting
- Mr. Joffre has been featured on television, and frequently quoted in articles related to coin collecting
- Full page profile in Canadian Coin News
- Annual guest lecturer at Ecole de Gemmologie de Montreal; Determining Market Values for Estate Jewellery
- Dozens of lectures at local and out of town coin clubs. Topics include French Regime Coinage, coins of the Hundred Years War, and many others
William Whetstone is one of the company founders, and currently works as a consultant with our firm on special projects. He is a former President of the International Society of Appraisers, and has a solid background in antiques, silver, estate jewellery, rare coins, fine art, and European glass. He has over 40 years of numismatic expertise, and an educational background as an honours graduate in History at McGill university. His landmark book "World Hallmarks Vol 1" has become a standard reference for European hallmarks. He is frequently featured as a guest lecturer at professional conferences around the world.
Lucy Raposo is our office manager, and comes with a long wealth of experience acquired while working for the last several decades at Carlseys. Besides general administrative tasks, she is extensively involved with all aspects of customer service.
Alex Bergeron Our newest team member joined us full-time in 2012. Alex brings to the team strong computer skills, and a love and knowledge of comic books. He helps run our online business. He also manages our social media including our Facebook page.
Carsley Whetstone is a combination of two great Montreal firms; Carsley a coin store operating since 1928, and Thompson & Whetstone founded in the 1980s.
Alexander Carsley founded Carsley in 1928, and was an early pioneer in the Montreal numismatic community. He built a family business, with a storefront to serve collectors. This business grew over the years and was relocated to St-Catherine Street. In the 1980`s he sold the business to his assistant Jose Reis who helped grow Carsleys into one of Montreals largest coin shops. Carsleys has a reputation selling some of the rarest Canadian coins, including the 1921 50 Cents, the only known 1944 Tombac nickel, and many of the rarest Canadian Colonial tokens. In 1994 Mr. Reis passed away, and his wife and sister in law took over the day to day operation of the store.
In the early 1980`s a partnership was formed between Morley Thompson and William Whetstone. Both were very knowledgeable buyers and valuators of antiques, jewellery, and coins. They established an office downtown in the Drummond building, and ran a successful business for 2 decades. In 1999 Mr. Thompson retired from the business, and Mr. Whetstone along with Odile Flaschner, and Roy Sturgeon (as a consultant) took over the operations.
In August 1999, Mr. Whetstone purchased Carsleys, the two companies were merged, and operations were amalgamated at our current address.
During this time Michael Joffre, began to work part-time as an advisor for the new Carsley Whetstone & Company Inc. He helped the company develop a web presence, and market their services online. As well, he provided expertise relating to pop-culture, and numismatic (coins) collectibles. He developed a working relationship with the firm, and decided in 2005 he wanted to pursue his interest in numismatics full time.
In February 2005 Mr. Joffre purchased the outstanding shares from the other partners, and in the 12 years since has greatly expanded the firm. In the fall of 2005 a retail operation was restarted, first with comic books, and then in the spring of 2010 with a full coin section. Jewellery and coins continue to be the main focus of the firm, but CWC also makes a market in silver objects, antique pocket & wrist watches, and military medals.
We are well known in Montreal, and have been in the same building for over 30 years. We are also well known across Canada, and the world. Mr. Joffre has maintained many of the contacts from both predecessor companies, and travels to conferences regularly to gain knowledge, and meet new potential clients.
We are proud of our 89+ year heritage, and look forward to serving our clients for years to come.