Victoria Coin Club closing in on 70 years

By Richard Dagenais

It was 1955 when Mervyn Weynton and Palmer Dahl held the first meeting of the Victoria Numismatic Society in the ornate Spencer Mansion, now the site of the Art Gallery of Victoria.

More recently, the club has been meeting every month, except in summer, on the upper floor of a local church.

The goal has always been to encourage and promote the collection of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money, and to assist collectors. Part of its mission is also to generate public interest in numismatics which is why the club welcomes anyone with an interest in coins, beginners or advanced collectors, to attend any of its meetings.

Every meeting includes a presentation of either a numismatic-related video or a club member shares information about coin collecting.

Club President Jon Taylor says the most popular event is the monthly auction. “We invite members of the public who may have a collection they are looking to sell, to participate. These auctions have been very successful for participants and our club.”

Knowledgeable club experts are always willing to evaluate items that members of the public bring to meetings. They also offer advice about amateur collections and will even suggest reserve prices people can put on the coins, or collections, they hope to sell.

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