One month away from Canada’s six-day numismatic extravaganza

We’re only one month away from this year’s Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention, which will be coming to Boucherville, Qué. on July 18-23.

The convention is being organized by host club l’Association des Numismates et des Philatélistes de Boucherville (ANPB), which has previously organized the RCNA’s annual gathering in Montréal in 1992 and 1996. This year’s is being held at Hôtel Mortagne on 1228 Nobel St. in Boucherville, which is just east of Montréal on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Convention attendees are asked to use code 5153 when making hotel reservations by email at reservation@hotelmortagne.com or toll free at 1-877-655-9966.

The bourse and exhibit hall will be open to the public on July 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; July 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; July 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to more than 60 dealer tables, the convention will also boast an extensive auction, a vast offering of competitive exhibits, an educational symposium and a variety of meetings, presentations and social gatherings throughout the six-day event. See below for a full schedule of events.

CANADA 150 MEDAL SETS

This year marks four anniversaries, including the 350th anniversary of the founding of Boucherville; the 300th anniversary of the death of Pierre Boucher (1622-1717), who was the settler of Boucherville and governor of New France from 1654-57 and 1662-67; the 50th anniversary of the ANPB; and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the RCNA has co-ordinated an initiative with about 25 local clubs to issue commemorative medals.

“The RCNA will be selling sets of these medals at the convention,” said RCNA President Henry Nienhuis. “There will be 50 sets of medals featuring the official Canada 150 logo on one side and each individual club logo on the reverse. It’s going to be quite the collectible item to get a hold of.”

DAY TOUR No. 1: OLD MONTRÉAL

While the bourse won’t be open to the public until July 21, this year’s events begin on July 18 with an all-day tour of Old Montréal.

As part of our initiative to try and make the convention more of a destination-type affair, we’ve been trying to put together better tours,” said Nienhuis, who added the July 18 tour will include visits to the Chateau Ramezay Museum; the head office of the Bank of Montréal Museum and Archives; and the Notre Dame Basilica.

DAY TOUR No. 2: BOUCHERVILLE

The following day, a tour of Boucherville will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

“This tour will include a stopover at the Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine house,” said Nienhuis, who added Lafontaine was elected as the second premier of Canada East in 1842, at the age of 34.

“He is also featured on the convention medal along with his homestead that will be part of that tour on Wednesday.”

Each main registration kit includes one copper convention medal; however, they are being sold separately for $20 each. Silver versions of this year’s convention medal are also available for $60.

In 2015, the City of Boucherville topped 209 other cities and towns in Canada to win the title of “Canada’s Best Place To Live,” which is 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.”

DAY TOUR No. 3: St-CONSTANT & CHAMBLY

On July 20, another all-day tour will be held at St-Constant and Chambly. Fort Chambly – a National Historic Site – was built by the French in 1711.

On July 21 – the day the bourse opens to the public – the final two tours will be held. The second-last tour is a trip to Brassard’s DIX30 shopping mall, and the final tour will be the RCNA’s popular dinner and boat cruise, which is expected to sell out.

Registration for the convention’s tours is open until June 30. Tour spaces are limited. A refund will be made if the tour is sold out. Tours with insufficient registrants may be cancelled (and any payments refunded). To register online, click here.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

July 18

  • 8 a.m.-9 a.m.: Registration open [Le Foyer]
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Tour of Montreal [Gather in lobby]
  • 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Early-bird dinner at Scores Restaurant [Gather in lobby] (Short walk to restaurant with à la carte dinner at your own expense]

July 19

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Registration open [Le Foyer]
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon: Tour of Boucherville [Gather in lobby]
  • 1 p.m.-5 p.m.: RCNA Educational Symposium session ene [Iles Percées A]
  • 7 p.m.-10 p.m. RCNA President and ANPB welcome reception [Hospitality Suite] (Registrants and dealers only; badge required)

July 20

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Registration open [Le Foyer]
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Tour of Saint-Constant and Chambly, Qué., and lunch at Fourquet Fourchette Restaurant [Gather in lobby]
  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Canadian Paper Money Society (CPMS) executive meeting [Pierre Boucher Room] (All CPMS members are invited to attend as observers.)
  • Noon-5 p.m.: Hospitality suite open [Hospitality Suite] (Registrants and dealers only; badge required)
  • Noon-5:00 p.m.: The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC) auction lot viewing [Iles de Boucherville]
  • Noon-5:00 p.m.: Bourse and exhibits setup [Iles de Boucherville] (Access restricted to dealers and exhibitors; badge required)
  • 1 p.m.-5 p.m.: RCNA Educational Symposium session two [Iles Percées A]
  • 2 p.m.-5 p.m.: RCNA outgoing executive meeting [Pierre Boucher Room]
  • 6 p.m.-10 p.m.: TCNC auction session one [Mortagne Room]
  • 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Canadian Association for Numismatic Education (CAFNE) reception [Iles Percées A & B]

July 21

  • 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: RCNA judges breakfast [Montarville Room] (Invitation only)
  • 8 a.m.-10 a.m.: RCNA club delegates breakfast meeting [Iles Percées A] (Pre-purchased tickets required)
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Registration open [Le Foyer]
  • 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.: Spousal breakfast [Pierre Boucher Room] (Registered spouses only; badge required)
  • 8:30 a.m.: Competitive exhibits judging begins [Iles de Boucherville]
  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Bourse and exhibits preview [Iles de Boucherville] (Registrants dealers only; badge required)
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: TCNC auction lot viewing [Iles de Boucherville]
  • 10 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Opening ceremonies [Le Foyer]
  • 10 a.m.-noon: J. Douglas Ferguson Historical Research Foundation executive meeting [R-100] (Invitation only)
  • 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Tour of DIX30 Shopping Mall in Brassard, Qué. [Gather in lobby]
  • 10:15 a.m.-6 p.m.: Bourse and exhibits open to public [Iles de Boucherville]
  • 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Book launch [Le Foyer]
  • 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Hospitality suite open [Hospitality Suite] (Registrants dealers only; badge required)
  • 11 p.m.-4 p.m.: Coin Kids table open [Le Foyer]
  • Noon-5 p.m.: Book fair table open [Le Foyer]
  • Noon-2 p.m.: CPMS luncheon and annual meeting [Pierre Boucher Room]
  • 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.: Society of Bearded Numismatists (SOB) meeting [TBA] (Bearded numismatists invited)
  • 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Hudson’s Bay Company Collectors Society (HBCCS) meeting [R-100]
  • 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: Newfoundland Numismatic Enthusiasts (NNE) meeting [Montarville Room]
  • 4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Canadian Errors and Varieties Numismatic Association (CEVNA) meeting [R-100]
  • 4 p.m.-10 p.m.: TCNC auction session two [Mortagne Room]
  • 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Montreal boat cruise and dinner on the St. Lawrence River [Gather in lobby]

July 22

  • 8 a.m.-10 a.m.: Canadian Numismatic Research Society (CNRS) breakfast [Iles Percées A] (Invitation only; pre-purchased tickets required)
  • 8 a.m.-10 a.m.: Canadian Association of Wooden Money Collectors (CAWMC) breakfast [Montarville Room] (Pre-purchased tickets required)
  • 8 a.m.-10 a.m.: Meet the Trends editor [Pierre Boucher Room] (Sponsored by Canadian Coin News)
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Registration open [Le Foyer]
  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Bourse and exhibits preview [Iles de Boucherville] (Registrants and dealers only; badge required)
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: TCNC auction lot pickup [Iles de Boucherville]
  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Bourse and exhibits open to public [Iles de Boucherville]
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Coin Kids table open [Le Foyer]
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon: RCNA annual general meeting [Iles Percées B]
  • 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Hospitality suite open [Hospitality Suite] (Registrants and dealers only; badge required)
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Book fair table open [Le Foyer]
  • 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: RCNA awards presentation [Iles Percées B]
  • 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Canadian Association of Token Collectors (CATC) meeting [Pierre Boucher Room]
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Coin Kids junior auction and meeting [R-100] (Young collectors invited; parents or guardians can attend as observers only)
  • 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors Club (CTCCC) meeting [Montarville Room]
  • 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Canadian Association for Numismatic Editors and Writers (CANEW) meeting [Iles Percées B]
  • 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Canadian Centennial Collectors Club (CCCC) meeting [Pierre Boucher Room]
  • 3 p.m.-7 p.m.: TCNC auction session three [Mortagne Room]
  • 6 p.m.-7 p.m.: Pre-banquet reception [Foyer Iles Percée] (Banquet ticket holders only. Cash Bar.)
  • 7 p.m.-10 p.m.: RCNA Banquet and awards presentations [Iles Percées A & B] (Pre-purchased tickets required; reserve seating positions at the registration desk starting July 21)
  • 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m.: Post-banquet reception [Hospitality Suite] (Pre-purchased tickets required)

July 23

  • 8 a.m.-10 a.m.: RCNA incoming executive meeting [Pierre Boucher Room]
  • 9 a.m.-noon: Registration open [Le Foyer]
  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Bourse and exhibits preview [Iles de Boucherville] (Registrants and dealers only; badge required)
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: TCNC auction lot pickup [Iles de Boucherville]
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Bourse and exhibits open to public [Iles de Boucherville]
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Coin Kids table open [Le Foyer]
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Book fair table open [Le Foyer]
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: CAFNE board meeting [R-100] (Invitation only)
  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Hospitality suite open [Hospitality Suite] (Registrants and dealers only; badge required)
  • 3 p.m.: Bourse closed (End of activities)

For more information, visit rcna.ca/2017.

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