The 49th edition of the prestigious J. Douglas Ferguson Award for distinguished service to Canadian numismatics was awarded to Paul Petch at the annual Royal Canadian Numismatic Association’s convention banquet held in Boucherville, Que. on July 22. The award was established in 1969 and sponsored by Douglas Ferguson who, at the time, was Honorary President of the CAN (Canadian Numismatic Association). This annual award is presented to the living numismatist who has greatly contributed to the advancement of numismatics in Canada by research, writing, publishing, or other means – and who has not previously won the award. Ferguson set up an independent Board of Award with CNA representation for the award administration. He made the selections for the 1969 and 1970 winners and determined that the board would choose the future winners from nominations made by CNA members. Ferguson had a Montreal artist design the award medal. He proposed that the award be given only to living numismatists and so the names of early greats such as Breton, LeRoux, Courteau and McLachlan are not on the list of previous recipients. The J. Douglas Ferguson Award is the highest distinction in Canadian numismatics and is the highlight of every convention. Continue reading →
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