The Peterborough Numismatic Society gave long-time member Paul Johnson an Honorary Life Membership at its Christmas meeting on Dec. 4, 2023.
Johnson joined the Peterborough Numismatic Society in 1966 at the age of 14. He was enthusiastic about coin collecting at an early age, which he continues to this day. He was appointed club secretary in 1968 and took on numerous duties in those early years. He was also instrumental in forming the Peterborough Junior Coin Club in 1970. His first coin exhibit was presented in 1967 at the Peterborough Coin Show.
In 1973, Johnson moved to the Toronto area and accepted a job opportunity in the financial field. Since then, Johnson has attended the Peterborough Numismatic Society meetings and shows when possible throughout the last six decades. His original membership number is “195,” which Johnson proudly displayed his 1966 card at the recent meeting.
President Colin Caldwell and Treasurer Nigel Mackey made the joint proclamation of his Honorary Life Membership to the membership. In 1972, Johnson received the Peterborough Numismatic Society “Award of Merit”.
Johnson has gone on to work with the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) in various capacities since 1972, including that of the second vice president, Ontario director, education committee chairman and club services chair. He is currently the Executive Secretary of the RCNA and has served in that position since 2008. Throughout his numismatic career, he has had the support of his wife
Mary-Ellen and daughter Laura.