There are several major shows on the numismatic calendar this week.
Today is the final day of the annual Fall Money Fair hosted by the Calgary Numismatic Society. Held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre on 2120 16th Ave. N.E. in Calgary, Alta., the show will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and feature more than 55 dealer and exhibit tables. Free parking is available on site.
Later this week, on Sept. 28-30, the Dearborn Coin and Currency Show—the largest show in Michigan—will be held at the Ford Center for Performing Arts on 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, Mich., which is only 15 minutes from the Detroit-Windsor border crossing. The show will be open on Sept. 28 from noon-6 p.m.; on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be more than 140 tables on the bourse. Admission is only $2 Cdn. for the entire three-day show. For more information, visit dearborncoinshow.com.
TORONTO COIN EXPO
Also taking place later this week is the Toronto Coin Expo, which returns to the downtown core of Ontario’s capital city on Sept. 29-30.
Attendees of the two-day show can use their daily admission ticket to purchase one of a limited number of third-party graded 1954 replacement notes. The notes – available in $2 and $5 denominations – will be sold at a “one-time special discounted show price” at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon on 789 Yonge St., where the biannual Coin Expo has taken place since its inception in 2006.
“If you are a banknote collector or not, these are items you will want to add to your numismatic collection,” said show owner and organizer Jared Stapleton.
The replacement notes, more than 400 of which were graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), come from the Covered Bridge Collection, which will see its remaining material auctioned off during the Sept. 28-29 sale by Geoffrey Bell Auctions, official Coin Expo auctioneer. Each of these notes – like all notes from the Covered Bridge Collection – will feature the Covered Bridge pedigree on their holders.
Stapleton, who’s the past president of the Canadian Paper Money Society and currently sits on the pricing panel for the Charlton Standard Catalogue for Canadian Government Paper Money, said he’s looking forward to the two-day auction to be held in conjunction with Coin Expo.
“Like always, the Bells put a lot of passion in providing a well-rounded numismatic auction for all collectors,” said Stapleton, of Geoffrey Bell Auctions, which teamed up with Coin Expo nearly six years ago.
“There has not been a time since the very first Toronto Coin Expo and Geoffrey Bell Auctions partnership that I have not personally called Brian and Dawn and congratulated them on a suburb auction offering once I receive the catalogue.”
Stapleton said one highlight of the upcoming sale is Lot 709, a 1921 50-cent coin – known as the “King of Canadian Coins” and “Canada’s most desired coin” – which is expected to realize $60,000-$65,000. Among the top paper money highlights is Lot 1328, a French 1935 Series Banque du Canada $50 note (BC-14) in Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) Choice Uncirculated-64 EPQ (exceptional paper quality). Rarely offered in such a high grade, this example is expected to bring between $20,000 and $25,000.
“That’ll be a big highlight,” said Stapleton, of the Coin Expo auction, which will be held Sept. 28-29.
MEDICINE HAT, ALTA.
On Sept. 30, the Medicine Hat Coin and Stamp Show will be held at the Medicine Hat Exhibition on 2055 21 Ave. S.E. in Medicine Hat, Alta. With more than 40 tables of coins and stamps, the show will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is only $2 (and children are free with a parent).
Rounding out the week in shows is the Fall Coin, Stamp and Collectables Show that will be hosted by the Manitoba Coin Club on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Held at the Sunova Centre on 48 Holland Rd. in Winnipeg, Man., the show will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 1. Admission is $5 a day, and free parking is available on-site.
For more information about future shows, visit our Events page.