Ottawa Numismatic Society welcomes 2016 RCNA Convention

This year’s Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention kicked off yesterday in Ottawa with two local tours in nearby Montebello, Que., and Petite-Nation Region.

Trajan Media, publisher of Canadian Coin News, is attending the show at Table Nos. 73-74.

Today, the registration desk opens at 8 a.m., followed by another two local tours in nearby Almonte, Ont., and Chelsea, Que.

From noon-6 p.m., New Brunswick’s Geoffrey Bell Auctions will host a lot viewing session for the 2016 RCNA Sale, which begins later tonight at 7 p.m. Also at 7 p.m., RCNA President Henry Nienhuis and the Ottawa Numismatic Society, this year’s host club, will hold a welcome reception.

Auctioneer Brian Bell said the RCNA Sale is the “highlight of the year” for Bell Auctions, which is coming off a likewise outstanding sale at the recent Toronto Coin Expo, where a classic copper Owen Ropery storecard (Breton 564) sold for nearly $23,000, among other highlights.

“It’s the gathering place,” said Bell, of the annual RCNA conventions, “and having it in Ottawa made it one of our must-have venues.”

“Ottawa is full of history and we have attempted to make this offering an historic event to suit the venue,” he said, adding GBA hasn’t bid to host an RCNA auction since 2010, when it hosted the sale in Saint John, N.B., Bell’s home province. But this year’s sale is likely auction firm’s “best offering to date,” according to the long-time auctioneer.

“There are numismatic treasures not seen for generations and you are invited to participate.”

For more information about the sale’s highlights, click here (French Regime coins) or here (1911 electrotype).

TOMORROW & BEYOND

The opening ceremonies take place tomorrow at 10 a.m., which is also when lot viewing for session two of the RCNA Sale begins.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Registration Desk open [Victoria Room – Lower Level]

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Tour: Historic Almonte (Almonte, Ont.) [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Tour: A Day at the Spa (Spa Nordik-Nature, Chelsea, Que.) [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

Noon–6 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Lot Viewing [Richelieu – Convention Level]

1 p.m.–5 p.m.

RCNA Educational Symposium Session 1 [Frontenac – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

7 p.m.–11 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Session 1 [Richelieu – Convention Level]

7 p.m.–10 p.m.

RCNA President and Ottawa Numismatic Society Welcome Reception [Parlour 1819 – 18th floor]
(Registrants and Bourse Dealers only – badge required.)

THURSDAY, JULY 21

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Registration Desk open [Victoria Room – Lower Level]

9 a.m.–noon

Tour: The Royal Canadian Mint Visit – Group 1 [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Tour: Nostalgia Tour – Group 1 (Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum) [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

CPMS Executive Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(All CPMS members are invited to attend as observers.)

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Lot Viewing [Richelieu – Convention Level]

Noon–5 p.m.

Hospitality Suite open [Parlour 1819 – 18th floor]
(Registrants and Bourse Dealers only – badge required. Complimentary coffee, soft drinks and snacks.)

12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Tour: Nostalgia Tour – Group 2 (Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum) [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

1 p.m.–5 p.m.

RCNA Educational Symposium Session 2 [Frontenac – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Tour: The Royal Canadian Mint Visit – Group 2 [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

2 p.m.–5 p.m.

RCNA Executive Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(All RCNA members are invited to attend as observers.)

2 p.m.–6 p.m.

Bourse and Exhibits setup [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]
(Access restricted to Bourse Dealers, and Exhibitors – badge required.)

6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Canadian Association for Numismatic Education Reception [LIFT Lounge – Mezzanine]

7:30 p.m.–11 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Session 2 [Richelieu – Convention Level]

 FRIDAY, JULY 22

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

RCNA Judges Breakfast [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(By invitation only.)

8 a.m.–10 a.m.

RCNA Club Delegates Breakfast Meeting [Joliet – Convention Level]
(Purchased tickets required.)

8 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Tour: Historic Ottawa (Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, City Tour) [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

8:30 a.m.

Competitive Exhibits Judging Begins [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Registration Desk open [Victoria Room – Lower Level]

9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Bourse and Exhibits preview [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]
(Registrants and Bourse Dealers only – badge required.)

10 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]

10 a.m.–noon

J. Douglas Ferguson Foundation Executive Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(By invitation only.)

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Lot Viewing [Richelieu – Convention Level]

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Bourse and Exhibits open to Public [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]

10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hospitality Suite open [Parlour 1819 – 18th floor]
(Registrants and Bourse Dealers only – badge required. Complimentary coffee, soft drinks and snacks.)

12:30 p.m.–2 p.m.

Society of Bearded Numismatists (SOB) Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(Bearded numismatists invited.)

Noon–2 p.m.

Canadian Paper Money Society (CPMS) Luncheon and Annual Meeting [Joliet – Convention Level]

1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Coin Kids Table open. [International Ballroom Foyer – Lower Level]

3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Newfoundland Numismatic Enthusiasts (NNE) Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Hudson’s Bay Company Collectors Club (HBCCC) Founding Meeting [Joliet – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

4 p.m.–5 p.m.

Canadian Errors and Varieties Numismatic Association (CEVNA) Meeting [Joliet – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.

Tour: Dinner Cruise on the Ottawa River [Gather by Victoria Room – Lower Level.]

6 p.m.–11 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Session 3 [Richelieu – Convention Level]

SATURDAY, JULY 23

8 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Canadian Association of Numismatic Editors and Writers (CANEW) [Frontenac – Convention Level]
(Inaugural meeting)

8 a.m.–10 a.m.

Canadian Numismatic Research Society (CNRS) Breakfast [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(By invitation only. Pre-purchased tickets required.)

8 a.m.–10 a.m.

Canadian Association of Wooden Money Collectors (CAWMC) Breakfast [Pinnacle – Penthouse Level]
(Pre-purchased tickets required.)

8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Spousal Breakfast [Panorama – Penthouse Level]
(Registered spouses only – badge required.)

8 a.m.–10 a.m.

Meet the Trends Editor  [Joliet – Convention Level] — (Sponsored by Canadian Coin News)

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Registration Desk open [Victoria Room – Lower Level]

9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Bourse and Exhibits preview [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]
(Registrants and Bourse Dealers only – badge required.)

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Lot Pickup [International Ballroom – Lower Level]

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Bourse and Exhibits open to Public [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]

10:30 a.m.–noon

RCNA Annual General Meeting [Frontenac – Convention Level]
(All RCNA members are encouraged to attend. President’s report, annual financial report, etc.)

12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

RCNA Awards Presentation [Frontenac – Convention Level]
(All RCNA members are encouraged to attend.)

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Coin Kids Table open [International Ballroom Foyer – Lower Level]

10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hospitality Suite open [Parlour 1819 – 18th floor]
(Registrants and Bourse Dealers only – badge required. Complimentary coffee, soft drinks and snacks.)

1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Canadian Association of Token Collectors (CATC) Meeting [Joliet – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Military Payment Certificate Collectors (MPC) Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Coin Kids Junior Auction and Meeting [Frontenac – Convention Level]
(Young collectors invited. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend as observers.)

3 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Canadian Centennial Collectors Club (CCCC) Meeting [Joliet – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

3 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors Club (CTCCC) Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(Everyone’s invited.)

6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Pre-banquet Reception [Panorama & Foyer – Penthouse Level]
(Banquet ticket holders only. Cash Bar.)

7 p.m.–10 p.m.

RCNA Banquet and Awards Presentations [Pinnacle – Penthouse Level]
(Presentation of major numismatic awards and keynote speaker. Pre-purchased tickets required.
Note: Reserve seating positions at the Convention Registration Desk starting Friday, July 22.

10 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

Post-banquet Reception [Parlour 1819 – 18th floor]
(Pre-purchased tickets required.)

SUNDAY, JULY 24

9 a.m.–noon

Canadian Association for Numismatic Education (CAFNE) Board Meeting [Chaudière – Convention Level]
(By invitation only.)

9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Registration Desk open [Victoria Room – Lower Level]

9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bourse and Exhibits preview [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]

9 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Geoffrey Bell Auction Lot Pickup [International Ballroom – Lower Level]

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bourse and Exhibits open to Public [International Ballroom & Foyer – Lower Level]

10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hospitality Suite open [Parlour 1819 – 18th floor]
(Registrants and Bourse Dealers only – badge required. Complimentary coffee, soft drinks and snacks.)

11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Ontario Numismatic Association Executive Meeting [Chaudiere – Convention Level]
(All ONA members are invited to attend as observers)

2 p.m.

Show Floor Closed / End of activities

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