Collectors gather in Halifax for coins, camaraderie

RCNA Convention ‘one place where I can meet almost all my numismatic friends’

Friendships, education, and camaraderie are the ingredients that make for a successful and memorable Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention.

“Going to an RCNA convention is very much the same as eating peanuts. Once you start, it’s impossible to stop and you keep on coming back all the time,” says William Waychison, a past president and current RCNA board member. “It’s one place where I can meet almost all my numismatic friends every year. It’s one of the main reasons people collect. It’s not what you collect, it’s the people you meet on the voyage.”

For RCNA members who are unable to attend the conventions, “they are missing a lot,” says long-time convention attendee Ron Greene.

“There are the educational sessions that I always enjoy,” says Greene, who has been attending the conventions since 1963. “I see dealers that I never get a chance to see as, in Victoria or Vancouver, we don’t have any of the big shows.”

Greene, a past chair and current board member of the J. Douglas Ferguson Historical Research Foundation, adds: “It gives me a chance to see my friends, whether they are a dealer or a collector.  It’s all important.”

RCNA President Steve Woodland says the conventions are the glue to building a strong bond between members and their interests in numismatics.

“It’s great for the hobby because it encourages people to get together and talk about their hobby, their likes, their dislikes, their ideas, what they are collecting now, and what they have available for trade or for sale,” he says. “The conventions play an important role in the hobby as it brings members together to enjoy the hobby, to meet with each other, exchange ideas, and rekindle old friendships.”

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