Bank of Canada conservator sharing advice at 2018 spring show

Now that you’ve decided to start building a collection, one of the smartest things you can do is to learn how to take proper care of your treasures.  Although that may sound like an obvious statement, there is so much information out there that it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.

PVC or polyethylene holders? Acid-free or buffered paper?  Is the term “archival” an indication that the material is safe?

To help collectors quickly unravel these questions, the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show is pleased to announce that Patricia Measures, collection manager/conservator at the Bank of Canada Museum (formerly known as Canada’s Currency Museum) will be a keynote presenter at the Spring Show on Saturday, April 7.

“This talk will show that with a bit of thought and a small amount of effort, your collection can be preserved and protected,” Measures tells Canadian Coin News. “By assessing storage options, becoming aware of risks to materials, and making informed decisions, you can drastically improve the lifespan of your collection at little or no additional cost.”

Measures has been working as a conservator since 2001. She has experience working with objects made of a variety of materials such as metal, glass, ceramic, stone, and wood, as well as archival materials. She began her career with a B.A. in archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University and then continued her education at Sir Sandford Fleming College with a diploma in Collections Conservation and Management. She obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Art Conservation Educational Equivalent in Los Angeles in 2004, while working for the Fowler Museum at the University of California.

Measures joined the Bank of Canada Museum in 2012 and has been providing guidance on collection preservation and conservation for the National Currency Collection.

Measures’ presentation on the Saturday of the two-day National Postage Stamp and Coin Show will be geared toward both numismatic and philatelic collectors. For more details, look for the show’s program guide to be inserted inside CCN in March, and look for updates on the show’s website


Another keynote speaker at the premier coin and stamp show will be the New York reporter who investigated and authored a book on the intriguing story surrounding the world’s most famous stamp – the British Guiana one-cent magenta .

James Barron is author of The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World and a journalist at The New York Times, where his articles have appeared in virtually every section of that paper.

Barron’s book opens the door to an inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world’s most sought-after stamp. When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the one-cent magenta in the years in between, Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect.

One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed quickly in what was then British Guiana when a shipment of official stamps from London did not arrive. They were intended for periodicals, and most were thrown out with the newspapers. But one stamp survived.  The singular one-cent magenta has had only nine owners since a 12-year-old boy discovered it in 1873 as he sorted through papers in his uncle’s house. He soon sold it for what would be $17 today. (That s been called the worst stamp deal in history.)

Among later owners was a fabulously wealthy Frenchman who hid the stamp from almost everyone (even King George V of England couldn’t t get a peek); a businessman who traveled with the stamp in a briefcase he handcuffed to his wrist; and John E. du Pont, an heir to the chemical fortune, who died while serving a 30-year sentence for the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.

Barron will be sharing the historic journey of the one-cent magenta and answering questions from the audience during a special session on Saturday, April 7 at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show. He will be available afterwards to autograph the book, which will also be available at the show for purchase.

For more details on this special session with James Barron, look for the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show supplement in CSN in early March, plus updates on our website – Advanced tickets for this special session will be available in February. Admission is only $3, which includes full day access to the entire stamp and coin show.

The National Postage Stamp and Coin Show are co-hosted by Canadian Stamp News and Canadian Coin News, a division of Trajan Publishing Corp.




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