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2020 RCNA Convention In Halifax Is Cancelled

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 Posted 05/21/2020  05:09 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

Unfortunately, the board of the RCNA has had to cancel the RCNA Convention. The press release is as follows:

PRESS RELEASE - Royal Canadian Numismatic Association

Toronto, Ontario, May 20: As we all are intimately aware, the world is confronting the greatest health crisis of our generation, and most likely of the last century. Our thoughts are with each of you in our collector society, your families, your clubs and their members, and your broader communities. We wish each of you the best, and an optimistic hope that this will pass safely for all of us in due course.
It is with sadness that we must announce that The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association's 2020 annual convention, planned for July in Halifax, has been cancelled. We must look first to the health and safety of our collector family, and it does not appear to us that we can hold our 2020 convention in July and uphold that obligation, which has to remain our foremost consideration. Your Executive would have announced this decision earlier, but the hotel at which our convention was to be held took the position that we must wait until two months before the planned start of our convention to determine if the convention could still be held, based on what was known at that date (May 20).
If you have already registered for the convention, for a full refund, please contact our Executive Secretary at or by phone at (647) 401-4014.
We are happy to say that our annual Convention Medal will still be available in Silver, Copper and Nickel in very limited mintages. If you are interested in purchasing a medal contact our Executive Secretary.
In addition, we are still in talks with our auction company to works out the details of an on-line only auction later this year. Further announcements will be made as they are confirmed.

---------------------Communiqué de presse : l'Association royale de numismatique du Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 20 mai: Comme nous le savons tous intimement, le monde est confronté à la plus grande crise sanitaire de notre génération, et très probablement du dernier siècle. Nos pensées vont à chacun de vous dans notre communauté numismatique, à vos familles, à vos clubs et à leurs membres, ainsi qu'à vos communautés générales. Nous souhaitions à chacun de vous le meilleur et j'espère, tout en demeurant optimiste, que tout se passera en toute sécurité pour nous tout pour un retour à la normale.
C'est avec regret que nous devons annoncer que le congrès annuel 2020 de l'Association royale de numismatique du Canada, prévu pour juillet à Halifax, est annulé. Nous devons d'abord nous soucier de la santé et de la sécurité de notre communauté numismatique, et nous ne pensons pas être capables de tenir notre congrès de 2020 en juillet tout en respectant cette obligation, qui doit rester notre priorité principale. Votre exécutif aurait annoncé cette décision plus tôt, mais l'hôtel où devait se ternir le congrès a pris la position que nous devions attendre jusqu'à deux mois avant le début prévu du congrès avant de déterminer si le congrès pouvait avoir lieu, en fonction des informations disponibles à cette date (20 mai).
Si vous êtes déjà inscrit au congrès, pour obtenir un remboursement complet, veuillez contacter notre secrétaire exécutif à ou par téléphone au (647) 401-4014.
Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer que la médaille annuelle du congrès sera toujours disponible en argent, en cuivre et en nickel en exemplaires très limités. Si vous êtes intéressé à acheter une médaille, contactez notre secrétaire exécutif.
En outre, nous sommes toujours en pourparlers avec notre partenaire encanteur pour élaborer les détails d'une vente à l'encan uniquement en ligne plus tard cette année. Plus de détails seront faites dès qu'ils seront confirmés.
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 Posted 05/21/2020  12:50 pm  Show Profile   Check SPP-Ottawa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SPP-Ottawa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sad news. 2020 was the year with no fieldwork planned (was planned since 2017), I actually was going to take a motorcycle trip out east and attend my first RCNA...
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 Posted 05/21/2020  12:54 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is a very distinct possibility that there may not be any in person
coin activity , ie shows for a very long time , possibly 2 to 3 years .
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 Posted 05/21/2020  6:05 pm  Show Profile   Check 1960NYGiants's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1960NYGiants to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All year, I've been anticipating going to Halifax. Guess I'll have a very lazy summer.
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 Posted 05/21/2020  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CAmint to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sad news. I never attended an RCNA convention before and was looking forward to spending the week in Halifax!
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 Posted 05/21/2020  9:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add john100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So much for Halifax, we are in crazy times, everyone stay safe, some solution will solve this problem soon.
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 Posted 05/22/2020  01:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JGpenny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is unfortunate but important. Thanks for the update Bosox
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 Posted 05/22/2020  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is too bad, but not unexpected given what is going on. I wasn't going to attend, but hopefully I will get to one of these at some point.
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 Posted Yesterday  7:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Proof Nut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

There is a very distinct possibility that there may not be any in person coin activity, ie: shows for a very long time, possibly 2 to 3 years.

Where are you getting this information Pacificoin?

If this proves to be true, there would also be no bazaars, water parks, antique shows, lobster fests, amusement parks, theaters, concerts, casinos, graduation ceremonies, dances, farmer's markets, festivals and summer camps to just name a few, for the foreseeable future.

Hopefully this will not be the case as no hobby club or non profit association will be able to survive for very long under those circumstances. That said, under new restrictions limiting capacity and activities at meetings will only hasten the inevitable.

Meetings, annual shows and conventions as I'm sure everyone knows, offer collectors a valuable benefit that you don't get from surfing the internet or participating in an online auction/virtual bourse. Progress has been made in recent years to counteract the effect, which in my opinion is now in serious jeopardy coupled with the fact that most participants are advanced in age and no new younger (25-50 years) individuals are interested in joining.

It is no surprise that the RCNA convention has been cancelled. Organizers go above and beyond to put on a top notch show that will appeal to everyone, not to mention the amazing tours and special events. At least the auction will be moved to an online only format August 27-29.
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 Posted Yesterday  7:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are going to be many things that will not be easily available in the near 2 year future, nor will many people be able to afford it when they DO become available. Every town, City, Province and the Federal government aren't getting their slice of HST either, so wait til you see your next property tax bill .. let alone pension plans from god knows how many companies.
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