RCNA 2017 returning to ‘la belle province’ this July

This year’s RCNA Convention medal features Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine and his Boucherville homestead, which will be the destination of a guided tour hosted in conjunction with the convention on July 19.

After a 16-year absence from “la belle province,” the annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) is slated to return to Québec this summer. On July 18-23, the RCNA’s annual extravaganza will be hosted in Boucherville, Qué., which is just east of Montréal on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Organized by l’Association des Numismates et des Philatélistes de Boucherville (ANPB), the convention will be held at Hôtel Mortagne on 1228 Nobel St. in Boucherville. The ANPB previously organized the RCNA’s annual convention in Montréal in 1992 and 1996. In 2015, Boucherville topped 209 other cities and towns in Canada to win the title of “Canada’s Best Place To Live,” bestowed by MoneySense magazine. “Boucherville was the dark horse,” MoneySense managing editor Mark Brown told CBC in 2015, adding the small suburban town is Canada’s “best kept secret.” “There are two reasons that sort of jump out at me,” said RCNA President Henry Nienhuis about why people should attend the big show. “One is education, or knowledge. You can’t really learn too much about the subject.” It’s an extension of the old numismatic adage, “Buy the book before you buy the coin.” Continue reading →

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