Fall Show returns to GTA with more dealers, seminars

More dealers, a young collector’s table, expanded seminars and an opportunity to have the Canada 150 loonie autographed by its designer are just some of the highlights of the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show coming to the Hilton Mississauga on Oct. 28-29.

“Since our successful Spring Show, we’ve been working hard to accommodate the waiting list of dealers we had after that show,” said Mike Walsh, of Trajan Media, who is hosting the two-day Fall Show. “With the additional tables we have added to the front and side entrances, we will have close to 50 coin and stamp dealers who will be there to buy, sell and appraise a wide variety of numismatic and philatelic materials.”

Among the interesting items on the bourse will be a folded stampless letter sent in 1750, during the French Regime, from present-day Québec. Valued at $3,000, the item belongs to dealer Hugo Deshaye, owner of Hugo Deshaye (Philatelist), Inc., who will be at tables 48-49 on the bourse. Dated June 22, 1750, the letter was sent by Sister Genevieve de St. Pierre, of the Ursulines Order, to the Procureur of the Jesuit Seminary at Québec.

The fall show will be returning to the Hilton, where it had a very successful debut in March.

“Thanks to its central location, bright ballroom and plenty of free parking, the Hilton Mississauga proved to be a hit with our dealers and collectors when we moved our 2017 Spring Show there,” said Walsh, who added the bourse is held in the hotel’s 9,000-square foot Graydon Hall ballroom, which is located on the main floor.

“The hotel itself is a really, really perfect venue. It’s exactly what the hobby needs, from my point of view, to send a message that we’re a serious group of people and that this is a worthwhile event to attend, and not just a flea market,” said Robert Cooperman, founder and owner of Montreal’s City Stamp, after the Spring Show earlier this year. Cooperman is returning to the biannual show this October.

The stamp and coin show will also feature a number of insightful seminars on Saturday and Sunday.

Liz Wong, design manager for Canada Post, will be joined by award-winning designer Lionel Gadoury to present a hair-raising journey fraught with challenges and reveal how the Haunted Canada series took form, from early ethereal sketches to its final press run.

The duo will also be handing out Haunted Canada first-day covers – a set of three from each year of the series – to the first 25 attendees at the presentation. They will also be available after their presentation to autograph items from the Haunted Canada series.

Long-time error and variety collector and CCN columnist John Regitko will also be giving a revealing presentation entitled “Backdoor Jobs from the Royal Canadian Mint.” Regitko will uncover coin errors known to have been helped along in their production and “escaped” from the Mint undetected, winding up primarily in the hands of one dealer.

Another show highlight will be Wesley Klassen, of St. Catharines, Ont., whose entry in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Canada 150 coin design contest was selected for the $1 coin.

Klassen, who called his coin “Connecting Canada,” said he had two inspirations; a love of trains, and the $2 coin commemorating Sir John A. Macdonald.

“It started with a love of trains,” he told Canadian Coin News. “The coin got me to thinking about how Macdonald created the national railway. Then I added in scenes from my boyhood vacations.”

Klassen will be at the show on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to autograph the loonie and speak with collectors.

On Saturday, the show will also unveil for the first time a Young Collectors Table, featuring a variety of coin and stamp materials donated by dealers and collectors that will be given to young and beginning collectors. To add to the excitement, a Young Collectors Auction will be held on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m., featuring 25 lots of numismatic and philatelic items.

Also on Sunday will be a “Meet the Trends editor” session with new editor Michael Findlay, who’s also the owner of Certified Coins of Canada and the founder and publisher of the Canadian Coin Dealer Newsletter.

“We are happy Michael has returned to CCN as the Trends editor,” said Walsh. “This will not be a formal presentation. Instead, it will be an opportunity for collectors and dealers to have a casual conversation with Michael regarding any questions they may have about Trends.”

Because Findlay has a table at the show, his seminar will begin at 9 a.m. outside the bourse in the speaker area.(The bourse will not open until 10 a.m.)

On Sunday at 11 a.m., Daniel Roettele, senior national sales manager at Lighthouse Canada, will give an informative presentation focused on setting up and using optical aids such as microscopes, ultraviolet lights, watermark detectors and magnifiers.

Further details and updates on all the seminars will be available on the show website, stampcoinshow.com.

There will be no auction at the Fall Show but Colonial Acres, of Kitchener, Ont., will be presenting a coin and stamp auction at the Spring Show, April 7-8, 2018.

Walsh also reminded show-goers who are parking at the Hilton not to pay the hotel parking meters.

“Parking is free for everyone who attends our show,” explains Walsh. “But, do not pay the parking meters as the hotel will not issue refunds. Instead, we need you to register your vehicle licence number at the admission desk.”

The two-day show opens each day at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 on Saturday and is free on Sunday. Admission for children under 16 is free as well.

Be sure to visit stampcoinshow.com for updates closer to the show.

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