Three educational seminars at National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this weekend

Three educational seminars will be hosted at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this weekend in Mississauga.

Today at 11:30 a.m., Canadian Coin News Columnist and Consulting Editor Jeff Fournier will lead two 30-minute presentations – one for children and another for adults – about exploring local numismatics.

For his adult seminar, Fournier will teach attendees about the numismatic possibilities “in your own backyard.”

“Collectors may be surprised to know that there are a large variety of numismatic materials available right in your own backyard,” he said, listing off items such as souvenir coins and tokens; local scrip; and commercial tokens. “This field can be explored by anybody. It’s very inexpensive, there’s a very minimal outlay of cash, and it’s a great way to learn about numismatics in general and put together a really interesting collection.”

The presentation will include “plenty of photographs of different tokens and medals available from across Canada.”

“Whether it’s a town or a city, you can learn a lot about its history through collecting these numismatic items,” he added.


For his second seminar, this slanted towards children, Fournier will teach attendees how to collect coins and other items while providing some interesting examples from his own collection.

“Here’s your chance to find out what your own community has issued related to coin collecting,” he said, adding it’s a lot like being a “super sleuth” or detective solving a mystery.

“Even if you don’t have a lot to spend, you can still put together a collection your friends and family will love. I’m going to show them how.”

This presentation will be “heavy on photos” of inexpensive pieces from all over Canada; however, he will also bring material from his own collection.

“I want to show them where in their community they might find these coins. I’ll even go through some examples of how I’ve found some over the years, sometimes for free,” he said.

“I’ll be talking about some really cool coins that feature flying saucers, strange, mythical creatures and really old tokens and medals that were issued during the war years.”


Tomorrow, a “meet the editors” session will be hosted by the editors of CCN, CSN and Nummus Canada with a focus on how to promote local clubs.

Leading the seminar will be Mike Walsh, publisher and editor of CCN and CSN; Jeff Fournier, CCN consulting editor; Serge Pelletier, editor-in-chief of Nummus Canada; and Sean Isaacs, Trends editor.

Walsh said the seminar will have a “two-prong approach,” which will include a opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the editorial content of CCN, CSN and Nummus Canada.

“Secondly, we will use it as an opportunity to provide advice to clubs and newsletter editors on promoting their clubs internally and externally,” added Walsh.

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