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Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Convention a place to be
July 20, 2011

This past weekend William Brandimore (my co-author on the Standard Catalog of United States Paper Money) and I took a road trip to Windsor, Ontario to attend the annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association.

For me it was a time wharp. I had attended three conventions in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Montreal, London and Toronto. There was much fellowship, nice tours, educational meetings, full bourse and exhibits.

This year, I got to meet a handful of the younger group I had first meet thrity years ago. Some were still exhibiting, others had become officers in the RCNA, and one, Paul Johnson, is now their Executive secretary. I and Bill exhibited, he won a third in World Coins, and I a first in World Paper Money.

I did not notice a “local” public draw, and certainly, not the bullion craze which exists at many US shows. I did notice folks buying all sorts of things from tokens and medals to Canadian type by dates.

There is a strong “social” presence at the show with a strong local support of the “hospitality” room, something long-gone at most US shows which have gone commerical.

I’ll certainly renew my membership, and although the 2012 the convetion will be in Calgary which is a long drive, the 2013 Winnipeg event seems much more practical.


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George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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