ONA’s 62nd convention symposium showcases distinguished speakers

Numismatics enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the Ontario Numismatic Association’s (ONA) 62nd Annual Convention, where a lineup of distinguished speakers will offer insightful presentations at the ONA Education Symposium. Scheduled for this April 19-20, this convention promises to delve deep into the realm of coin collecting and numismatic history.

The Friday-Saturday convention is returning to the Courtyard by Marriott,  1224 Upper James St. in Hamilton, Ont.

Kicking off the symposium on Friday, April 19 at 2 p.m.in the renowned Dundurn Room, ONA President Sean Sinclair will take the stage to present “Three Centuries of Female Rule in Europe.” Sinclair, a seasoned collector who commenced his numismatic journey in his early teens, will delve into the historical significance of female rulers in Europe. With a focus on the often-overlooked contributions of women monarchs, Sinclair’s presentation promises to offer a comprehensive exploration spanning nearly three centuries of European history.

Saturday, April 20 will feature a series of engaging presentations from prominent figures in the numismatic community. Beginning at 9 a.m. in the Dundurn Room, Rick Dupuis, former second vice president of the ONA, will share insights on “Promote Your Club Effectively…on the Cheap.” Drawing from his extensive experience in numismatics and media, Dupuis will discuss proven strategies for enhancing club membership in a cost-effective manner.

At 2 p.m., Bob Fritsch, a highly esteemed numismatist with over 55 years of experience, will take the stage to explore “Polymer Money.” Hailing from Nashua, New Hampshire, Fritsch’s presentation will provide a comprehensive examination of the evolution and significance of polymer currency. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights from Fritsch’s wealth of knowledge and experience in the field.

Continuing the day’s program at 3:15  p.m. David Carpenter will present “Edgy Coin Photos: Photographing a Coin’s Third Side.” A dedicated collector with a passion for world coins, Carpenter’s presentation will offer practical tips on photographing coins, with a focus on capturing their often-overlooked edge details.

Guiding the symposium discussions will be moderator Alan Roy, a distinguished fellow of both the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association and the ONA. With more than 40 years of numismatic experience, Roy’s expertise adds depth to the symposium’s proceedings, ensuring a rich and engaging experience for all attendees.

With such a stellar lineup of speakers poised to share their knowledge and insights, the ONA’s 62nd annual convention symposium promises to be a highlight for numismatics enthusiasts, fostering learning, camaraderie, and a deeper appreciation for the fascinating world of numismatic collecting.


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