One of Ontario’s most popular numismatic shows is changing hands. Long-time numismatist Ted Bailey recently sold the rights to the biannual South Western Ontario Numismatics (SWON) show to Jared Stapleton, the owner of another popular biannual show, the Toronto Coin Expo. Bailey is a resident of the small town of Paris, Ont., where the SWON show has been held since 1996. With more than 50 years of numismatic experience, he also owns Ted’s Collectables, which specializes in Canadian, U.S., and worldwide gold and silver coins as well as paper money. For the past two decades, Bailey’s SWON show has been a fixture of the numismatic calendar – always the first Sunday of each February and the second Sunday of each August. The previous show, held on Aug. 13, was the 42nd edition since the inaugural show in 1996. “I think it’s going to a good guy,” said Bailey, of the SWON show, adding he will keep his dealer table at future shows, the next of which will be on Feb. 4, 2018. “Jared’s going to keep it going, and keep it up and running.” Stapleton, who has been a dealer at the SWON show for several years, said the decision to purchase the rights was something he considered “for some time.” “I’m honoured that Ted would allow me to acquire the show and continue the great success that he’s had with it, and my goal is to continue that success going forward,” said Stapleton, who also owns Metro Coin and Banknote in Toronto’s west end. Continue reading →
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