Goals of public outreach, education met at 2019 VNS Coin Show

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.

VNS member and dealer Bruce Wonder was busy on the bourse with various world coins offerings.

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.


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.

Victoria’s local TV station CHEK News interviewed VNS President Jon Taylor during its coverage of the Aug. 24 show.

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.

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