Several small, local shows were held on the weekend of Nov. 7 - 8 in southern Ontario which provided an opportunity to explore the advantages these shows offer collectors. Although these shows were small in comparison to Torex, the Toronto Coin Expo, or shows held at conventions hosted by the Ontario Numismatic Association and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, as an example, they were all able to offer a diversity of items which would appeal not only to advanced collectors, but beginning collectors as well. At smaller local shows like the three visited by this reporter, material often surfaces that may not turn up at larger shows. Dealers are more likely to bring inexpensive or less popular medals and tokens since tables are less expensive to rent than at the larger shows. Some of the dealers and collectors who come out to the club shows also do so because of a greater comfort level, due to their being around others who are more familiar to them. These shows often offer opportunities to collectors who specialize in the less popular numismatic items. Continue reading →
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