2018 RCNA Convention ANA delegate to highlight bourse security

American Numismatic Association (ANA) Governor Colonel Steve Ellsworth will be the official ANA delegate at this year’s Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention in Mississauga.

According to organizers of the RCNA Convention, which will be held Aug. 7-11, there has been a “disconcerting increase in dealer thefts, both in the bourse and outside of the bourse, during coin shows in Canada over the past year.”

Ellsworth will highlight key aspects of bourse security and precautions to minimize the risk of loss while travelling to and from coin shows. He authors and maintains the ANA security protocols and also writes an annual awards column recognizing the organizations with the best security practices.


Ellsworth has been an avid collector since the age of six and a part-time dealer since the early 1980s. Throughout his numismatic career, he has won numerous numismatic awards, including three ANA Presidential Awards (1998, 2000 and 2013). He’s also a contributor to Richard Yeoman’s A Guide Book of United States Coins, commonly referred to as the “Red Book.”

One of his main interests is the U.S. Civil War, and he has a personal library of more than 400 books on the subject. A military officer, he returned from overseas duty in 1994 and established his numismatic business, Butternut Company. He’s also a past consultant for the U.S. Secret Service.

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