SWCS cancels annual coin show, announces virtual seminars

The South Wellington Coin Society (SWCS) based in Guelph, Ont., has cancelled its annual spring show due to COVID-19.

SWCS Vice-President Mike Hollingshead pointed to pandemic-caused “closures, capacity restrictions and the reluctance of seniors to take chances with their health” as reasons organizers decided to cancel the April 24 show.

“In conjunction with the Colonel John McCrae Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Guelph that hosts our show, we are working to prepare for the fall show in September. This is, of course, subject to the safety of everyone concerned, and we will be evaluating the situation as time gets closer.”

Hollingshead also thanked dealers and show-goers for their “continued support for the SWCS shows.”

“Without the fine dealers in attendance, there is no show.”

Details about the club’s fall show will be available in early summer.


In the absence of in-person shows and club meetings, the SWCS has also announced a trio of virtual seminars taking place monthly through April.

On Feb. 3, Calgary’s James Williston, an honorary life member and former president of the Calgary Numismatic Society, will speak on encased coins. Since 2015, Williston has also owned Canada Wide Woods, a producer of wooden tokens.

On March 3, Royal Canadian Numismatic Association area director and club services chair Brett Irick, of Windsor, will highlight Canadian Queen Victoria 10-cent coins. In 2016-18, Irick won three consecutive gold medals for his Victorian 10-cent set with varieties in the Professional Coin Grading Service Set Registry. For those three years, his “Crowe Lake” set was the first 100 per cent complete set of the then-required 40 Victorian 10-cent circulation strikes with varieties and took 15 years to assemble.

On April 7, Vancouver’s Mike Souza will speak on Hawaiian banknotes. Souza is the long-time president, secretary and treasurer of the North Shore Numismatic Society.

To attend any of these virtual meetings via Zoom, or to present at a future meeting, contact SWCS President Scott Douglas at sdouglas333@gmail.com.

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