The Week in Shows: Year-end Roundup

As we enter the second week of December and show season nears its momentary halt, there are handful of year-end events to note.

First up is today’s meeting of the Oshawa and District Coin Club, which will host its final event of 2017 at the Rundle Park Community Centre on 241 Park Rd. S. in Oshawa.


Dec. 12’s meeting of the Waterloo Coin Society, which will give attendees an opportunity to connect and celebrate the club’s recent successes and “even purchase a few numismatic items from either the auction or member dealers for those who are not on their naughty list,” as explained in the society’s December 2017 newsletter.

“For many and those who in particular may have missed more than a few meetings over the course of the year, this event is often top on their list during the pre-Christmas craziness. During the first half of the festive meeting there will be a voluntary gift exchange (wrapped numismatic item(s) valued around $10), announcements and wide assortment of snacks to enjoy before finishing up the evening with the 50 lot auction and door prizes. Peter Becker has volunteered to run the gift exchange which typically has over 40 participants and will be handing out random numbers at the gift table located at the front of the meeting room. Executive members Harold (Buck), Tony and Karen will be looking after the snacks with additional members recruited to help set up and clear everything away after everyone has had their fill.”

Member Ed Anderson has also set aside a bonus item consisting of a 2017 special-edition Proof silver dollar, which will be drawn for first but announced only after all of the prizes have been claimed.

“This has worked well in the past, adding to the suspense and excitement,” reads the society’s recent newsletter. “The coin has a low mintage of 20,000, is currently valued at $85 and sold out fairly quickly at the Mint prompting a second similar release (albeit more expensive and of lesser value despite its lower mintage) with the numerals 150 in red enamel. Members and guests will want to load up on tickets (3 for $1.00) to increase their chances at winning the bonus prize or any of the other items on display.”


Youth aged 18 and under will “especially want to attend as they will receive a special gift absolutely free,” reads the newsletter.

“If any choose to take part in the secret Santa segment, they will also enjoy first pick of anything that is wrapped and on the gift table. Participation is open to everyone whether they are a member or not, so plan to arrive a little earlier and bring along a friend or someone you wish to introduce the hobby to.”


On Dec. 13, the Edmonton Numismatic Society will host its final meeting of 2017. Activities will include a show and tell; a volunteer award presentation; the society’s annual charity auction; and door prizes.


On Dec. 14, Vancouver’s Mid-Island Coin Club (MICC) will host its final meeting of the year.

The MICC holds monthly meetings at 6:45 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The club’s meeting location is ABC Restaurant on 6671 Mary Ellen Dr. in North Nanaimo. These meetings also serve as a social event as dinner can be ordered for those who wish to eat. Activities may include any combination of the following: trade, buy and sell; show and tell; guest speakers; and the popular Great Mid-Island Coin Auction.


On Dec. 17, the Coin and Collectables Show will be held at Best Western Plus Cobourg on 980 Burnham St. in Cobourg, Ont. According to organizers, the show will includes an array coins and paper money, die-cast Hot Wheels, sports cards and more.


On Dec. 19, the Calgary Numismatic Society will host its annual Christmas party. Regular meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association on 1320-5th Ave. N.W. in Calgary.

For more information about upcoming shows, visit our “Events” page.

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