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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I recently had the opportunity to take in three local coin shows and I was really quite impressed. I love the big shows – the ONA and RCNA conventions, Torex, Toronto Coin Expo and the many others that I have had the opportunity to attend over the years. But there’s something about a smaller show that just feels kind of right, and kind of comfortable as well.
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