Red, white and blue is certainly a prominent colour and theme today as the 61st Annual Convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association kicks into full gear in Mississauga.
Hands Across the Border is the joint theme adopted this year by both the RCNA and its American counterparts — the America Numismatic Association — who held its annual convention last week, the World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, Ill.
The RCNA’s popular ‘symposium’ opens the convention today featuring speakers from both Canada and the U.S.
–Wendell Wolka on the “Parallels in Canadian and United States Banking”;
–ANA President Walter Ostromecki on “Connecting Hobbyists Today Through Coins & Currency — The Educational WOW Value;
–Clifford Mishler on “Hands Across the Border”:
–Paul S. Berry on “Phantom Banknotes and the Financial Crisis of 1837”;
–Clifford Beattie on “Canada’s $1.00 Face Proofs/Specimen Bank Notes”; and,
–Vanessa Stergulc on “Security Features on Canadian Bank Notes”.
Several of the topics are focusing on paper money and banking in celebration of the Canadian Paper Money Society’s 50th anniversary.
“The idea of trying to bring the RCNA and ANA together makes a lot of sense,” says RCNA President Bret Evans. “The ANA’s summer event is the biggest event in North America, and we usually have our convention the week after. With Toronto and Chicago being closed together, and linked by air carriers at affordable costs, it seemed like the ideal chance to encourage collectors attending one event to take in the other as well.”
“We want to show there is a joint partnership,” says ANA President Walter Ostromecki. ” The hobby has no borders. It extends beyond that and we need to recognize the clubs and groups around the world. We want to promote the future of the hobby as well.”
The RCNA convention continues until Sunday morning. The popular Bourse & Show, sponsored this year by Canadian Coin News, opens Thursday following the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. The Bourse opens until Saturday, each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more convention details, go to the RCNA website: www.rcna.ca/2014
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