Convention a chance to meet with collectors

In the interest of fairness, I should point out that, as president of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, I have a desire to see that organization have a great convention.

Having said that, I have always been a strong supporter of the RCNA’s annual event, even before I became a member.

This year’s convention is being held in Toronto. Now I know there are a lot of shows in Toronto, but it is an easy city to reach, by air and road, and the RCNA does lay claim to being the most prestigious Canadian show of the year. The location means that it will be a large bourse, close to 50 tables of dealers. I guarantee that this is one show where there really is something for everyone. But the RCNA is much more than just a large bourse and an auction. The event is a convention and that means meetings, lots of them.

Some of them are more administrative. Bodies such as the RCNA and CAFNE meet primarily to conduct business. Other meetings are more of a collector event. Groups with specialties as diverse as Newfoundland, paper money, errors, tokens, and this year Canada’s centennial, spend a little time on business, but also share knowledge, have show and tell, and sometimes even have guest speakers. The convention is also home to an ambitious educational forum.

Then there’s the fellowship.

I know coin collectors have this sort of image of being a bunch of socially challenged individuals who like to hang out with coins because they don’t relate to people, but that really is a very negative stereotype. It is like saying all Canadians live in igloos.

Most meetings have some fun component, while some meetings, such as the Society of Bearded Numismatists, are really mostly about fun with a numismatic theme. Check out the convention hotel around meal time and you will find groups of collectors sharing companionship and breaking bread. Check out the nearest pub around bourse closing time and you will find collectors and dealers letting off a bit of steam after a busy day.

Those who register can also participate in a few receptions, such as the RCNA president’s reception and the Royal Canadian Mint reception, where collectors and dealers rub shoulders.

Now many other coin shows and events have many of those components, but it’s all just a bit bigger at the RCNA event.

This is a good time because as you read this, the convention is just under two months away. There is still time to make travel plans and book a hotel room at affordable rates.

You can get more information on dates, events, rooms, etc., by going to www.rcna.ca and clicking on the event button.

If you do decide to make the trip I know you won’t be disappointed. If you see me at the Canadian Coin News table, at an event, or even just walking past you in the hallway, feel free to say hi and let me know what you think of the event.

See you in Toronto.

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