2017 Toronto Coin Expo opens today

The popular Toronto Coin Expo will open its doors to the public today in Ontario’s capital city.

Held at the Toronto Reference Library on 789 Yonge St., the show will be open today and tomorrow from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The bourse boasts more than 30 “internationally renowned” coin and banknote dealers with an opportunity to buy, sell and trade a variety of material. Admission is $6, although children aged 16 and under are free. The first 40 paid admissions on both days will receive a wooden coin commemorating the show as well as Canada 150. Three numismatic workshops will be held tomorrow.

“We’re trying something really different,” said Coin Expo owner and organizer Jared Stapleton prior to last October’s show, adding there’s “a whole lot of merit in collecting coins at any age.”

These wooden coins will be given to the first 40 paid admissions today and tomorrow.

“We interact with money daily in our change, and when we get involved in collecting, we start to understand why money exists, its symbolism, and what it’s all about.”

As a collector, Stapleton said the excitement is often in the hunt – “trying to find something that’s a little different or a little better than what you see in everyday life” – but there’s more to it than that.

“It’s a lot about the research and the history, and there are even people who don’t collect coins but collect the research and the history of the coins,” he said. “In life, we have to decide what we’re going to do with our free time, and this is not a bad thing to do with your free time.”

COIN EXPO ‘FRONT DOOR’ PROMO

Auctioneer Brian Bell shows off the Covered Bridge Collection, a portion of which will be offered tonight at the second session of the Toronto Coin Expo Spring Sale.

“We needed to think outside the box on this one, so we suggested having them all graded and doing a big promotion with the Toronto Coin Expo organizer and owner Jared Stapleton,” said auctioneer Brian Bell, who added more than 400 notes were graded by PCGS for the spring show and will be offered “at a substantially reduced price.”

Bell said Coin Expo attendees will be able to use their daily admission tickets for a chance to purchase one of a limited number of these PCGS-graded replacement notes.

“These beautiful notes will be priced significantly below book value and will sell out daily,” he said.There will be a new offering every day, but the only chance to get these special notes will be at the front door with your daily admission. Yes, each day, both the spring and fall Toronto Coin Expo shows will have something different available when you get your ticket.”

Each of these notes—like all notes from The Covered Bridge Bridge Collection—features the Covered Bridge pedigree on their holders.

For more information, visit gbellauctions.com or torontocoinexpo.ca.

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