RCNA Convention opens next week

There are three major reasons to attend the 2018 Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention, which begins next week in Mississauga, Ont.

“Education, fun and fellowship,” said convention chair Bill O’Brien, who added this year’s show will be held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale on 6750 Mississauga Rd., on Aug. 7-11.

As in the past, this year’s show boasts free admission for RCNA members while daily admission is $6 for walk-ins. The bourse will be open for three days, beginning on Thursday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and closing on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The bourse, which will also be open on Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., will include about 65 dealer tables manned by about 40 different numismatic dealers.

“The convention has been running continuously for more than 60 years,” said O’Brien, who’s also the president of the North York Coin Club, which is this year’s host club. “The RCNA members who participate meet and have development many life-long friends. These friends getting together regularly share numismatic knowledge with each other and almost everyone else who will listen.”

2018 RCNA CONVENTION MEDAL

Sixty years after its maiden flight at Malton, Ont., the Avro Arrow CF-105 aircraft will be featured on the 2018 Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Convention medal.

The North York Coin Club – the host club for this year’s convention, which will be held Aug. 7-11 in Mississauga, Ont. – chose the aeronautical achievement considered by many to be the pinnacle of Canada’s aviation history. At the time of its first flight in 1958, the Avro Arrow was the most advanced delta-winged interceptor aircraft in the world.

“It is an honour to commemorate this event with a medal, and it’s also a privilege to meet someone who has firsthand information about that turbulent time in political and aeronautical history in Canada,” reads the RCNA website, which explains this year’s convention committee arranged to have Claude Sherwood, a draftsman for the Arrow project, as the show’s banquet speaker.

“He’ll relate his experiences and illustrate them with some rare video and pictures of the project. You’ll want to be in attendance at the closing banquet!”

For more information, contact William O’Brien at wsobcoins@hotmail.com or 1-416-897-6684 or RCNA Executive Secretary Paul Johnson at info@rcna.ca or 1-647-401-4014.

EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, WORKSHOP

Continuing in a two-day expanded format, this year’s symposium will include eight prominent numismatists presenting a wide range of topics, including shipwreck coins; communion tokens; large cents; exonumia; the legacy of James E. Charlton; numismatic literature; and estate and succession planning.

“As the Canadian collector becomes more sophisticated, the demand for numismatic education becomes stronger,” said symposium organizer Scott Douglas, who’s also the president of the Ontario Numismatic Association (ONA). “For everyone attending the 2018 convention, the RCNA is proud to offer you this leading educational event. It is an opportunity to connect with people passionate about this hobby and eager to share their knowledge making your numismatic experience that much greater. Remember, knowledge is power.”

For more information about this year’s symposium and workshop, click here.

For more information about this year’s convention, visit rcna.ca.

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