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    How do you, as collectors, plan to keep up with your hobby during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Proof Nut

    During the past 9 months I have been able to spend a few hours assessing my collection and chose to sell off items that would fetch a fair price and provide me with funds to pay off unexpected expenses and counteract some of the impact of the virus.

    Lately I have been attending more virtual club meetings and enjoying the atmosphere while seeing collector friends in their own environment. While definitely not a replacement for the real thing, it temporarily fills in the need to socialize and interact with like minded individuals.

    Please, if you have an opportunity or receive an invitation to attend a club meeting on Zoom or other virtual media, do not hesitate to do so. You don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment or know how to participate and if you are really stuck, ask a family member or friend to help you get set up.

    Rest assured, numismatics will survive as it has for centuries and evolve to meet the challenges of the era and demands of collectors. Hopefully local clubs and Provincial or National associations which in my opinion are really the backbone of the hobby, are able to adapt and attract new members moving forward as we see ourselves through this terrible pandemic.


    One other thing…..If you are a member of a coin club or numismatic organization please don’t forget to renew your dues for 2021. They need your financial support now more than ever.

    Without any numismatic shows or in person meetings for the next few months or even longer, those that rely heavily on income generated from these events may not be able to recover once the pandemic is over.

    Further compounding the problem may be the scarcity of adequate affordable meeting spaces that may force some clubs to close rather than relocate particularly if the membership numbers are drastically reduced in response to the lack of activities.

    While there is no doubt that this unprecedented health crisis is a temporary one, organized numismatics is facing some of the most difficult challenges and changes not witnessed in decades. So much effort has gone into attracting new members to meetings and the public to shows, only to have this snuffed out by the Coronavirus.


    “The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do…” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow It really warms my heart to see you succeeding like this. Congratulations!


    During this pandemic, I’ve started getting back into coins after many years. I’ve been doing it with my young kids and it’s been great to pass the time. We signed up for memberships with RCNA – are there any other clubs anyone would recommend joining? Where can I find out about virtual meetings?



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