The Week in Shows (April 7-13)

There are six major coin shows taking place in three Canadian provinces as well as two nearby U.S. states this week.

First up is the Kent Coin Club 2019 Spring Coin Show, which is being held today at the Active Lifestyle Centre on 20 Merrit Ave., in Chatham, Ont.

Open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the show boasts 25 dealer tables, hourly draws, a raffle plus free admission and parking. All children attendees will receive a free token or foreign coin courtesy of the Kent Coin Club.


Later this week, on April 12-14, the Ontario Numismatic Association (ONA) will host its 57th annual convention at the Ambassador Hotel on 1550 Princess St., in Kingston.

The convention will feature a public bourse open on Friday from noon-6 p.m.; on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

A four-speaker educational symposium will be held on April 12. The speakers include:

  • Chris Boyer, a Fellow of the ONA, who will give a presentation on the numismatics of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 1 p.m.;
  • Steve Woodland, also a Fellow of the ONA, who will give a presentation on Canadian numismatist and token specialist Ludger Gravel at 2 p.m.;
  • Robert Frisch, who will give a presentation on polymer banknotes at 3 p.m.; and
  • Boyd Laanstra, a senior analyst with the Bank of Canada’s visual content currency department, who will highlight the design process for Canada’s recently released vertical $10 note at 4 p.m.

There will also be several national numismatic organizations meeting at this year’s convention. They include:

  • the Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors’ Club on April 13 at 9:30 a.m.;
  • the Canadian Association of Token Collectors on April 13 at 1 p.m.;
  • the Canadian Centennial Collectors’ Club on April 13 at 2:30 p.m.;
  • the Canadian Association of Wooden Money Collectors on April 13 at 4 p.m.;
  • the Canadian Association of Numismatic Editors and Writers on April 14 at noon; and
  • the Canadian Association For Numismatic Education on April 14 at 12:30 p.m.

In keeping with the show’s family-friendly vision, there will also be a youth table set up on the bourse.

A “Coin Kids” auction will also be held on April 13 at 1 p.m., when budding collectors are invited to bid on a range of numismatic items using play money provided by organizers. There is no cost to participate; however, parents are asked to accompany their children throughout the three-hour auction.


Two shows will also be held in nearby U.S. states this week.

The first is the Michigan State Numismatic Society’s 63rd Annual Spring Convention and Show, which will be held on April 12 at Macomb College Expo Center on 14500 East 12 Mile Rd., in Warren, Mich., which is only about 40 kilometres from the Canada-U.S. border in Windsor, Ont. There will be more than 120 dealer tables, educational programs, youth-focused events and competitive exhibits.

On April 12-14, the Buffalo Numismatic Association’s Gold and Silver Expo will be held at The Fairgrounds on 5820 South Park Ave., in Hamburg, N.Y., which is only about 30 kilometres south of the Canada-U.S. border in Fort Erie, Ont. The three-day show will feature exhibits, seminars and more than 80 tables with dealers from several U.S. states. Located in the grandstand building with plenty of free parking, the show will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $2.


On April 13-14, the Regina Coin Club Spring Show and Sale will be held at the Turvey Centre on 100 Armour Rd., in Regina, Sask.

The show will be open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and admission is $3 for adults; $5 for a two-day pass; $1 for children aged 13-16; and free for children aged 12 and under.

Rare coins and medals will be on display, and there will also be activities for children organized by the club’s youth group, the Coinhawks. Door prize draws will also be available.


Rounding out this week’s shows is Postalia Québec Printemps 2019, which will be held on April 13-14 at Complexe Sportif de Wendake on 100 rue Grand Chef Thonnakona in Wendake, Qué.

The show will be open both days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and feature more than 30 dealers of coins, stamps, postcards and postal history.


On the docket next week is the final day of four of the aforementioned shows.

These include:

For more information about upcoming shows, visit our “Events” page or look out for our Canadian Coin and Stamp Show Planner 2019, which is a comprehensive handbook-sized listing of all local, regional and national shows in Canada as well as major international shows abroad.

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