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2022 RCNA Convention

 
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 Posted 07/26/2022  3:40 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add collectorx to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
For those who attended the convention and/or show last week in Ottawa, any thoughts/comments/complaints?

Anything notable seen on the bourse?

There was an Upper Canada Preserved Medal (No. 19) in a dealer's case. Don't see those too often.
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 Posted 07/26/2022  4:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It was great to see so many people face-to-face after three years of no shows. Socializing and seeing friends is always the highlight of these shows for me.

The socializing for the collectors and the dealers usually happens around the hotel bar. Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages, the hotel bar had very limited hours and not much of a selection. I hesitate to think how much money the hotel lost out on because of that.

All in all, I had a lot of fun. There were nearly 150 registrants and quite a few more walk-ins. Looking forward to Halifax already.
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 Posted 07/26/2022  9:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisCat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll post a show report on my website in the coming days. It was a terrific show all around, and I was thrilled to spend some time with people I haven't seen in a while, including Bosox.
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 Posted 07/26/2022  10:54 pm  Show Profile   Check 1960NYGiants's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1960NYGiants to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It was a great show numismatic, tourist, and socially. Spent some quality time with Bosox, SPP, t._y., NumisCat, Peter MacDonald, and many others. Great to see everyone again.

Bought 4 New Brunswick tokens for my Courteau die pair collection, two other Pre-Confederation tokens, two LeRoux medals, a 1968 RCM reopening medal in original case, and some RCM products for friends back home.
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 Posted 07/27/2022  06:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Boo Hoo! I couldn't see all my compadres due to medical probs. Maybe this Fall.
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 Posted 07/27/2022  09:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I enjoyed it. It was my first time attending a convention. Hopefully the first of many to come.
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 Posted 07/29/2022  12:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisCat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's my RCNA show report:

It was a week a lot of us had been looking forward to for months, if not years. The RCNA's annual convention took place in Ottawa from July 20 to July 24, and was, by all accounts, a success. Volunteers from the Ottawa Numismatic Society worked hard all week to staff the Registration Desk and Hospitality Suite, while the RCNA managed tours, the symposium, and the bourse floor. Thanks to everyone who lent a helping hand to put it together.

The show was a home game for me, which was a treat. I arrived first thing Thursday morning to help out with what little needed to be done on the bourse floor, like cleaning cases, and to contribute what I could to manning the Registration Desk. Dealer setup began at 1:00pm and lasted until 5:00pm. This is always one of the more hectic times during a show when dealers are simultaneously trying to get their stuff together and pillage other dealers' inventories before all the best material is gone. It was a fun but I was exhausted by end of the day and headed straight home afterward.

Friday morning it was showtime. I took a cab downtown and arrived by 8:30am. The bourse was already busy with dealers getting set up, and 30 minutes later the Registrants were allowed in. The show was on. As president of the host club I participated in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45am with Steve Woodland, president of the RCNA, Dr. Ralph Ross, president of the ANA, and Marie Lemay, Mint Master and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. Afterward it was back to my table for what was the most intense two hours of the show. The room was bustling with collectors from opening until noon, and sales were brisk. Things died down considerably around lunch time and remained subdued through the end of the day. I grabbed dinner with a friend around 4:30pm and then hung around the hotel bar until about 7:00pm. After that it was back home to get ready for Saturday.

Saturday started off slow. There weren't too many collectors on the floor that morning, and not much seemed to be happening. I went for lunch at the Tim Hortons connected to the hotel with a couple of friends and got back to my table around 1:30pm. That was when things started to pick up. It was a pleasant and totally unexpected surprise that Saturday afternoon was hopping. I don't know where everyone was earlier in the day, but it seemed like they all arrived at the same time after lunch. Sales were strong, and it was great to continue meeting people and putting faces to names. By 5:00pm it was time for a beer with some advanced collectors. We spent about an hour trading war stories and talking about grading, major auctions, and our experiences in the hobby. It was great. Around 6:15pm I went up to the penthouse floor, where the RCNA Banquet was being held. There was an hour-long reception before doors opened, providing the opportunity to speak with collectors, researchers, dealers, publishers, and others involved in Canadian numismatics. The banquet lasted more than two hours and included a presentation on Canadian banknote counterfeiters as well as the awards ceremony. The banquet was followed by a reception in the Hospitality Suite, again providing the opportunity to speak with convention-goers. After a long day, I got home around 11:30pm.

Sunday, the final day of the show, was dead. Dealers were closing up shop and finalizing sales, collectors were saying their goodbyes, and everyone seemed to be looking at their watches waiting for 2:00pm to come around. It was a long week, but a good week. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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 Posted 08/01/2022  12:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinsplus to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very cool to hear about the Convention in Ottawa.

It's about time that the RCNA Convention comes back to Vancouver! It's been around 20 years since Vancouver hosted the show.
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 Posted 08/01/2022  12:27 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The RCNA convention will never come back to the West
Coast ie Vancouver . Costs are prohibitive to say the least .
A hotel room in July / August approaching 350 400 a night
if you can find something decent !
The biggest drawback not enough collectors to make it
worthwhile for a dealer to attend . British Columbia is not
exactly the numismatic hot bed of Canada .
We have done shows in the area since the 1980s in Vancouver
the Island , Fraser Valley and Washington State .
To say they are a grind an understatement!
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 Posted 08/01/2022  1:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add papeldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It would be a real treat to have the RCNA convention in Vancouver again, even Calgary or Edmonton would be great they are fairly close for travel. I would love to attend one back East as well but like Pacificoin mentions the cost is the same going East from the West. Flights, hotel, meals + entertainment make it expensive for anyone from the West
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 Posted 08/01/2022  2:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Calgary in 2025.
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 Posted 08/01/2022  2:44 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
At least Alberta has lots of collectors!
Calgary and Edmonton are great coin cities !
Could have lots to do with a large amount of disposable income .
In Vancouver that's about five bucks and a case of beer
when all is said and done !
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 Posted 08/01/2022  5:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add john100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Was there on Friday only, met most of my friends first time in many years, a few from the US did not make it and a few out west had last minute tie ups, well next time. Really busy in the morning but slowed the rest of the day, slim pickings for me but really great to meet everyone in person again.
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 Posted 08/01/2022  5:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add john100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Would be cool to have one in Vancouver or BC
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 Posted 08/01/2022  6:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add papeldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was going to try and make the convention but never worked out for me, but I had 28 lots in the auction mostly varieties all sold but 3 so I was pretty happy about that.
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