The Week in Shows (June 12-18)

This week’s Canadian coin shows begin today, June 12, with the 55th annual Brantford Coin Show. Being held at Branlyn Community Centre, the show is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and offers free admission as well as “ample free parking around the back of the school.”

The bourse includes more than 80 dealer tables filled with Canadian and world coins; paper money; tokens and trade dollars; gold and silver bullion; books and supplies; Canadian Tire money; and some estate jewellery, according to Cassidy Stroud, president of the Brantford Numismatic Society, which hosts the annual show. What’s more, the show offers free evaluations from dealers, who are “buying and selling onsite.”

As an interesting aside, earlier this year, when Stroud became president of the Brantford Numismatic Society, it marked the first time a Canadian club had three women in the top leadership positions at the same time. She’s joined on the club’s executive by Vice-President Lisa McPherson and Secretary Lindy Smith.

Later this week, on June 18, the 2016 South Central/Eastern Ontario Coin, Postage Stamp and Postcard Show is being held in Brighton, Ont. The show runs from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and promises more than one million Canadian and worldwide coins; paper money; postage stamps; covers; and postcards. According to organizers, related hobby supplies – “many at discounted prices” – will also available.

Lastly, the Sidney Museum is hosting its ongoing Show Me the Money exhibit of more than 100 Canadian banknotes issued from 1820 through to the present time. Organizer Peter Garnham said the exhibit features banknotes from dozens of Chartered banks, including and many that no longer exist, as well as many “wildcats” and some that never existed—what he calls “spurious” banks. Government banknotes are also on display, beginning with the first issue by the Dominion of Canada in 1870. Also on display are some “iconic examples of banknotes, such as from the Hudson Bay Company, Province of Canada and Province of Nova Scotia.” Lastly, the exhibit includes “unusual notes” such as a $4 bill; a Devil’s Face banknote; municipal issues; notes issued by overseas Canadian banks; Salt Spring Island notes; and examples of early counterfeit notes.

U.S. SHOWS

This week, there are also a couple nearby U.S. shows, including the Syracuse Stamp, Coin and Collectibles Show, being held today at the Maplewood Inn in Liverpool, N.Y., about a two-hour drive south of Kingston, Ont., and a two-and-a-half-hour drive east from Fort Erie, Ont. Hosted by the Syracuse Stamp Club, the show is open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and features dealers buying, selling and trading coins and stamps. Importantly, admission and parking are both free of charge.

Lastly, the Detroit Area Coin Show is also being held today, at VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Hall in Southfield, Mich., only 30 minutes from Windsor, Ont. The show runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and includes 35 dealer tables.

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