The July 14 to 17 convention opened on Thursday with a one-day
seminar on “Tokens, Canada’s Other Money.”
Paul Petch, president of the Ontario Numismatic Association,
kicked off the lectures with his own on “Token Enthusiasm: The
Colonial Coinages Authors.” Scott Douglas followed with “Merchant
Tokens and Due Bills.” Paul Berry, chief curator of the National
Currency Collection of the Bank of Canada, discussed the Wellington
tokens in his presentation.
After lunch, 18-year-old Ermin Chow, of
Edmonton, Alberta, presented James E. Charlton’s article titled
“Wampum to Tokens, Beaver to Loons.” Token expert Harry James followed
with a lecture on the tokens of Essex County (Ontario). Ron Greene, of
Victoria, British Columbia, closed the day with his presentation on
the tokens of Fernie, B.C. Attendance at the lectures ranged from 20
to 40, which made the seminar a huge success.
Thursday evening, the Royal Canadian Mint was
host for a welcome reception at the Art Gallery of Windsor where the
Mint’s president and chief executive officer, Ian E, Bennett, assisted
by RCNA President Dan Gosling, launched a 2011 commemorative dollar to
mark the centennial of the strike of the fabled 1911 pattern dollar.
The commemorative piece bears the same obverse
(bust of King George V) and reverse with the slight exceptions that
the spelled-out one in the denomination was replaced by a numeral 1,
to meet the bilingual requirements of Canada, and that it bears the
dual dates of 1911-2011. Mintage for this coin is limited to 15,000 pieces.
An accompanying set was also announced. The
set includes the silver dollar as well as 50-, 25-, 10-, 5- and 1-cent
coins that all bear the famous “godless” reverse of George V.
Two pieces are of particular note in this set: the silver 5-cent
“fishscale” and the large cent in copper. These sets are limited to
Prior to July 21, the dollar and the set were
only available at the convention. As of July 22, the sets were sold out.
Following the launch, Bennett presented a
plaque to Gosling, of Sherwood Park, Alta., that features one of the
Proof silver dollars. Soon to be past-president Gosling reciprocated
by presenting Bennett an RCNA Presidential Award for his support of
the association during Gosling’s term.
Friday’s activities began with the RCNA Club
Delegates Breakfast meeting. Gosling gave a talk titled “I know the
He listed things that work in various clubs
and identified potential pitfalls.
William Waychison, of Timmins, Ontario,
chairman of the RCNA Club Service Committee and incoming president,
announced that the Best Local Club Newsletter Award had been won by
the Edmonton Numismatic Society (Roger Grove, editor) and that the
Best Regional or Specialized Club Newsletter Award had been won — once
again — by the Société numismatique de Québec from Québec City (Renald
The bourse and displays opened to the public
at 10 a.m. on Friday.
The members of the Canadian Paper Money
Society got together at noon for their annual meeting-luncheon and
were entertained by Ron Greene, who spoke of some of his favorite
chartered bank notes.
During Friday afternoon two special-interest
groups met: the Canadian Errors & Varieties Numismatic Association
and the Newfoundland Numismatics Enthusiasts. Both clubs were formed
at the 2006 convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario. For the first time
in RCNA history, a “Mini MPC Fest” was also held, during which guest
speaker Fred Schwan, Port Clinton, Ohio, entertained the dozen or so attendees.
Saturday at the convention
Saturday was the busiest day, with the bourse
and displays opening to the public at 10 a.m. The Canadian Numismatic
Research Society and the Canadian Association of Wooden Money
Collectors had their traditional breakfast meeting.
The RCNA general annual meeting, opening at
10:30 a.m., covered the expected business including reports from
several committees, following which Geraldine Chimirri-Russel of
Calgary, Alberta, announced the results of this year’s elections.
Centenarian and numismatic legend James E.
Charlton, honorary president of the association, installed the new
executive committee: William Waychison, president; Bret Evans, first
vice president; and Bob Forbes, second vice president.
Also installed were area directors: Jeffrey
Wilson, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia; Tim Henderson, New Brunswick and
Prince Edward Island; Régent St-Hilaire, Quebec Regions; Louis
Chevrier, Quebec, Montréal; Serge Pelletier, Eastern Ontario; Henry
Nienhuis, Central Ontario; Brent Mackie, Western Ontario; James
Macleod, Manitoba and Nunavut; Vic Schoff, Saskatchewan; James
Williston, Alberta and Northwest Territories; Al Tebworth, British
Columbia and Yukon; Jeffrey Chapman, Eastern United States; Bill Kamb,
Central United States; and Michael Turrini, Western United States.
Gosling bestowed several Presidential Awards
to individuals who have contributed greatly to the association while
working in the background: Judy Blackman of Kitchener, Ontario;
William K. Cross of Toronto, Ontario; Marvin Kay of Toronto, Ontario;
Brent Mackie of Kitchener, Ontario; Mike Marshall of Trenton, Ontario;
Henry Nienhuis of Woodbridge, Ontario; Serge Pelletier of Ottawa,
Ontario; Jules Ranch of Edmonton, Alberta; Barrie Renwick, of Calgary,
Alberta; France Waychison of Timmins, Ontario; and Paul Winkler of St.
Following the general assembly, Head Judge Tim
Henderson, of Florenceville, New Brunswick, announced the results of
the exhibiting competition, after saying that this year’s crop of
exhibits was the best he had seen in his more than 20 years as head
judge. First-place winners by exhibit category were:
➤ Canadian Coins and Tokens — “Canadian 5-Cent
1951” by Henry Nienhuis.
➤ Canadian Paper Money — “Counterfeits and
Countermeasures” by Robert J Graham.
➤ Canadian Medals — “Are Canadian Royalty
Medals a Thing of the Past?” by Ron Cheek.
➤ Non-Canadian Coins and Tokens — “The Journey
of the Apostle Paul in Coins” by James Zylstra.
➤ Non-Canadian Paper Money — “The Siege of
Mafeking Banknote Types of 1900” by George S. Cuhaj.
➤ Non-Canadian Medals — “Liberty Dollars: Bona
Fide or Bogus” by James Zylstra.
➤ Juniors (16 to 18 years old) — Second place
— “1967 Canadian Centennial Circulation Issues” by Ermin Chow.
➤ Juvenile (Under 16 years old) — “Die
Varieties of the 1899 Newfoundland 20-Cent Piece” by Daniel Anderson.
Honoring James E. Charlton
Honoring James E. Charlton, who would on July
26 celebrate his 100th birthday, was a highlight of the RCNA’s annual
banquet Friday evening.
President Gosling took the opportunity to
present several mementos to Charlton. One was the large prop used for
the launch of the commemorative silver dollar that marks the
centennial of the 1911 dollar. That prop had circulated all day and
was signed on the back by well-wishers present at the convention. A
cake made in the image of the new Canadian $100 polymer note
(announced but not yet in circulation) was also presented to Charlton.
The portraits of prime-minster Robert Borden were replaced on the cake
by those Charlton. Spirited and in good health, Charlton thanked all present.
The banquet concluded with a number of award
presentations. The Jérôme H. Remick III Literary Award for the best
article published in a local Canadian coin club newsletter went to Ron
Cheek of Ottawa, Ontario, for his article “This 19th-century medal
reveals a transatlantic story” published in July/August issue of
Moneta, the journal of the Ottawa Coin Club.
The Guy Potter Literary Award for the best
article published in the Canadian Numismatic Journal was awarded to
Steve Woodland of Ottawa, Ontario, for his article “Building your
library” published in the October issue of the journal.
The Louise Graham Club of the Year Award was
bestowed on the Calgary Numismatic Society.
The Best of Show Award went to Robert Graham
for his exhibit titled “Counterfeits and Countermeasures.”
The Jean Bullen Award for Best Canadian
Decimal Display was presented to Henry Nienhuis for his “Canadian
5-Cent 1951” display, and the James Charlton Award for Best
Junior/Juvenile Display was presented to Daniel Anderson for his “Die
Varieties of the 1899 Newfoundland 20-Cent Piece” display.
Gosling announced two new recipients of the
“Fellow” title: Margaret Clarke and her husband, Tom, of Windsor. This
is the first time a couple has received the honor. The anointment as a
Fellow is a service award given to individuals who “have performed a
worthy service judged to be of a direct benefit to the association.”
Recipients are authorized to use the post-nominal letters “FRCNA.”
The highest distinction presented by the RCNA,
the Paul Fiocca Award, was presented to Dr. Marvin Kay, a past
president of the association and the long-standing head of the
Editorial Committee. Presented for “long term meritorious service or
major contributions to the RCNA,” the Fiocca Award is named after the
late Paul Fiocca who was not only publisher of Canadian Coin News and
editor of the Canadian Numismatic Journal, but also a great supporter
of Canadian numismatics.
The 2012 RCNA convention will be held in
Calgary, Alberta, from July 19 to 22. It will be hosted by the Calgary
Numismatic Society and chaired by James Willison.
Additional information is available at the
association’s website, www.rcna.ca
by writing to RCNA 2012, c/o Calgary Numismatic Society, Box 633,
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2J3, Canada, or by addressing email to firstname.lastname@example.org