Seminars on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29

The seminars are included as part of the admission. They will be held in the ‘Seminar Area,’ just outside of the bourse area. Watch for signage at the show.

Saturday, Oct. 28 Seminars:

1 P.M.

When was the last time a stamp issue gave you chills?

Are you ready to brave the inner sanctum of stamp design? Do you have the courage to discover what stamp designers fear the most?

Liz Wong is the Design Manager at Canada Post.

Lionel Gadoury is the Art Director at Contest Creative.

If you dare, join designer Lionel Gadoury, of Context Creative and Liz Wong, design manager for Canada Post, as they lead brave souls on a hair-raising journey fraught with challenges and reveal how the Haunted Canada series took earthly form from some ethereal sketches to its final press run.

An award-winning designer and art director, Gadoury has long contributed his talent and vision to the Canadian stamp program. In addition to the very popular Haunted Canada series, he has designed numerous other stamp issues including Lest We Forget (2009), the 2008 IIHF World Championship and the Canadian Pride definitive series issued in 2011.  Since its founding in 2001, his design firm Context Creative has won more than 50 international awards and many commendations. In addition, Gadoury is Past-President of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and has worked with the Government of Ontario to develop Ontario’s guidelines for accessibility in communications.

Wong and Gadoury will be available at their presentation to autograph first-day covers from the three-year Haunted Series. Limited quantities are available. Collectors are invited to bring a few of their own Haunted Canada series items, including booklets, uncut press sheets, and coin and stamp sets.

2:15 P.M.

Error and Variety columnist will unveil ‘Backdoor Jobs from the Royal Canadian Mint’

Long-time error and variety collector and CCN columnist John Regitko will be making a presentation at the Fall National Postage Stamp and Coin Show on Oct. 28. Starting at 2:15 p.m., his presentation, entitled “Backdoor Jobs from the Royal Canadian Mint” will cover coin errors that are known to have had help in their production and “escaped” from the Mint undetected, winding up primarily in the hands of one dealer.

John Regitko is a long-time error and variety collector and is best known as a regular columnist in Canadian Coin News.

His presentation highlights the minting process and equipment in use at the RCM’s Ottawa and Hull locations during the time they are known to have struck “special orders” of Canada’s circulating coins. He will concentrate on the equipment and the steps necessary to produce these “errors.” His live presentation is augmented by PowerPoint images of the coins known for certain to have “escaped” through the backdoor.

As the RCNA’s representative to the Royal Canadian Mint for nearly 30 years, Regitko had ready access to the equipment on the production floor at the Ottawa location, observing firsthand the process in use at that time.

Regitko assembled the most complete collection of legitimate Canadian error types ever assembled by one individual, which now reside in the collections of numerous error collectors following their auction through Chuck Moore Auctions and direct sales.

Regitko has written well over 200 columns on errors and varieties which have been published in Canadian Coin News. As well, he has made presentations on the subject at RCNA educational seminars, at local coin club meetings, and at error and variety seminars held at Colonial Acres Coins in Kitchener, Ont.

Sunday, Oct. 29 Seminars:

‘Meet the Trends Editor’ — Early session starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday

The Trends section of Canadian Coin News is a popular and important section of the bi-weekly magazine. Earlier this year, long-time numismatist Michael Findlay, owner of Certified Coins of Canada and current president of the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers (CAND), returned to his former role of Trends editor. Findlay, a native of Angus, Ont., previously served as editor of Trends in 2009-10.

This past spring, Michael Findlay returned to Canadian Coin News as its TRENDS editor.

“I missed doing it before, and enjoyed doing it, but it was very difficult to do,” he said, owing his bittersweet dilemma to the high number of shows he attends. “The one thing that helps me now is there are guest Trends editors, so I’ll be involved in talking with them but not solely responsible for coming up with Trends for each issue.”

Since Findlay’s arrival, a number of updates have been made to the Trends section.

While there is no formal presentation, the “Meet the Trends Editor” seminar will serve as an opportunity for collectors and dealers to have a casual conversation with Findlay about Trends. Mike Walsh, editor and managing partner of CCN, will also be present.

As Findlay has a dealer table at the show, this presentation will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, in the Seminar area.

Please note the dealer bourse will not be open during the ‘Meet the Trends Editor’ presentation.

11 A.M.

 Optic aids are essential tools — the tools of the hobby

There are numerous tools available to collectors to allow them to investigate their coins, stamps, paper money and other numismatic and philatelic materials. These tools are essential to help collectors better understand their valuables and how best to protect their investments.

Daniel Roettele is the Senior National Sales Manager at Lighthouse Canada.

Daniel Roettele, senior national sales manager at Lighthouse Canada, will be presenting optical aids such as microscopes, UV lights, watermark detectors and magnifiers. During his presentation, he will be demonstrating how to set them up and how to best use them.

Roettele began his career with Lighthouse at the mother firm in Germany – LEUCHTTURM. He accepted a transfer to Canada to aid the sales, product development and marketing force.


1 P.M.

Young Collectors auction, featuring 25 lots. Free to all young collectors under the age of 16.



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