Len Buth has been named the recipient of the coveted J. Douglas Ferguson Award – the highest distinction in Canadian numismatics – which is given annually at the convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) for “distinguished service to the hobby.” Buth, a prominent numismatic author and board member of the J. Douglas Ferguson Historical Research Foundation, immigrated to Canada in November 1949. Four years later, his neighbour gave him a communion token, beginning a collection that continues to the present day. In more than 60 years spent collecting anything from tokens to coins and medals, Buth has also earned a name as a top numismatic judge. “Your contributions to Canadian numismatics have been multi-faceted,” said Ron Greene, who’s also a J. Douglas Ferguson Foundation director. “You have written several dozen articles in Numismatic Canada, the Canadian Token and your local numismatic society bulletin. You have prepared the text and images for a number of PowerPoint presentations and given many talks. You have shared your research with other researchers and assisted them.” Continue reading →
I’ve just returned from another fabulous RCNA convention and once again, I’m having a very difficult time deciding just what the highlight of the six-day event was. Running from July 19 until July 24, the convention had so many great moments and events that I certainly won’t be able to cover them all in this column, but if you continue reading the articles that follow in this and future issues of Canadian Coin News, you will soon get a feel for what a wonderful experience it was to attend this truly remarkable, annual event. I think Jeff Garrett, the president of the esteemed American Numismatic Society (ANA), summed it up best in his address to the attendees at the 2016 convention banquet held on Saturday, July 24.
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