By Ron Stefik
The Victoria Numismatic Society (VNS) hosted its annual one-day show on Aug. 24 at the Comfort Inn in the club’s hometown of Victoria, B.C.
Twenty-six tables offered coins, banknotes and medals from a variety of sellers. Member displays featured error coins, commemorative issues and club medals.
Two of the show’s main objectives were public outreach and education. As usual, the club evaluation table was kept busy with the public, who were invited to bring in items to be identified and assessed – free of charge.
Public awareness was further enhanced this year when Victoria’s local TV station CHEK News sent a camera crew to cover the show for the evening news. VNS officials had contacted the newsroom with a lead that this event would be of interest to those who may have a few treasures put away and generated some great free publicity, with VNS President Jon Taylor interviewed for the segment.
TWO NEW MEMBERS & HAPPY COLLECTORS
The VNS, which traces its nearly 65-year history back to July 1955, was happy to receive two new membership applications during the event from enthusiastic local collectors.
The free bag of coins for children generated many smiles and hopefully some budding collectors. Also, a one-ounce silver VNS medal offered as a door prize was won by one of the club’s junior members – a keepsake well appreciated.
It was great to see several families in attendance, with some of the young ones showing more numismatic knowledge than even their parents.
For more information about the VNS, visit victoriacoinclub.webs.com.