The Toronto Coin Expo will open its doors in downtown Toronto today.
The show, which is held at the Toronto Reference Library on 789 Yonge St., will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow.
In addition to a nearly 40-dealer bourse, today’s festivities include a series of educational workshops that are free to attend for children as well as paid admissions to the show. The workshops will be held in the library’s Bram and Appel Salon.
- “Coin Collecting for Kids” at 10:15 a.m.
This workshop is for the young (and young at heart) who want to learn more about what beginners can collect. Attendees will see how chocolate coins are made; these are “strikingly” similar to how the Royal Canadian Mint produces coins.
- Children’s coin auction at 10:45 a.m.
This will be fun-filled auction for younger numismatists. The auction is only for young collectors, who will use play money to buy real items.
- “Grading Bank Notes” at 1 p.m.
Join esteemed numismatist Francois Rufiange and learn the basics of banknote grading. Attendees will learn about evaluating wear and other important factors, including how best to examine a banknote. Bring your loupe, preferably a five times magnifier, to examine notes and challenge your grading skills.