By Jesse Robitaille
The biannual National Postage Stamp and Coin Show returns to Mississauga this April 7-8 with a 47-dealer bourse, a combined coin and stamp auction, a world-class competitive philatelic exhibition and two high-profile seminars.
The two-day show, which will be held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel on 6750 Mississauga Rd., is one of only a handful of events to combine philately and numismatics in Canada. In addition to a smorgasbord of interesting material on a bourse filled with more than 40 stamp and coin dealers, the show also boasts two insightful seminars.
On April 7, New York Times journalist James Barron and Bank of Canada Museum conservator Patricia Measures will lead separate presentations for show-goers.
Barron, who’s the author of The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World, will be sharing the historic journey of the one-cent magenta – the world’s most famous stamp – and answering questions from the audience. He will also be available to autograph his book, which will also be sold at the show, following his presentation.
Later that day, Measures will explore the preservation and protection of various collections by teaching attendees to make informed decisions about storage options.
COIN & STAMP AUCTION
The Kitchener-based auction house Colonial Acres will also be hosting a combined numismatic and philatelic sale at the show this April. The sale will begin on April 6 at 6 p.m. – a day before the show opens – following lot viewing at 11 a.m. It will feature a range of coins, banknotes and stamps.
“It’s definitely an honour to be invited and asked to do the auction,” said Kirk Parsons, co-owner of Colonial Acres. “We put a lot of man-power and effort into finding desirable, higher-calibre material. We cater to all levels of collectors, as we always say, but we have some nicer pieces in this sale that we’ve been accumulating and seeking out from various consignors.”
Highlights include Lot 1003, a 1924 Dominion of Canada $5 banknote (DC-27) with a catalogue value of $10,500. The note is described as a “well-centred and attractive example free of any soiling” and a “respectable of an iconic piece of Canadian paper money.”
A ‘SMORGASBORD’ OF MATERIAL
Mike Walsh, part-owner of Trajan Publishing Corp., which publishes Canadian Coin News (CCN) and Canadian Stamp News (CSN), said there will be a “smorgasbord” of philatelic and numismatic material, including Canadian and worldwide stamps, souvenir sheets and first-day covers; boxes of postcards; a variety of Canadian and foreign coins and banknotes; Royal Canadian Mint products; medals; tokens; militaria; bullion; and coin and stamp supplies available at the show.
Among the nearly 50 dealers on the bourse are also a handful of new faces joining the show for the first time.
As advertised by show organizers, free on-site parking is provided at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show; however, the hotel’s policy prevents us from placing signage in the parking lot. Attendees are asked to “sign in” with their license plate number on a sheet of paper at the registration table. Do not pay the fee at the parking lot’s automated meters.
75th NTSC EXHIBITION
In addition to the material on the bourse, the show will also feature the 75th annual exhibition of the North Toronto Stamp Club (NTSC), which is also celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
“Generally when you exhibit material, you go into the unexplored corners you might otherwise overlook, especially when you do a technical study of stamps,” said NTSC Exhibition Committee Co-Chair John Wilson, who’s also the club’s immediate past-president, historian and library chair.
Referring to exhibiting as a “very, very interesting thing,” Wilson said it’s one of the self-perpetuating aspects of philately as well as numismatics.
“It can be self-glory or gratification for the person – kudos for their knowledge and research – but at the same time, it’s a teaching tool and a great opportunity to show the depth of study that philately really is and the intellectual and emotional satisfaction that comes form pursuing it.”
Wilson added philatelic exhibiting allows philatelists to “put into order what is essential.”
“It’s a great look into not just the technicalities of stamp production and the carriage of mail, but it’s also a true history in every case. I think it’s a very valuable intellectual accomplishment.”
YOUNG COLLECTORS AUCTION
The Young Collectors Table, which consists of coin and stamp material, will be returning to our 2018 Spring Show.
Organizer Lisa McPherson will also be offering an exciting Young Collectors Auction featuring 30 lots. The auction will take place on April 7 at 1 p.m.
Thanks to donations from dealers and show organizers, there is no cost to participants of the auction.
Collectors are encouraged to bring their budding young collectors to the Young Collectors Table – open Saturday and Sunday – as well as to the auction. The table is affiliated with Coin Kids, courtesy of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, and will feature gift bags from the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers. What’s more, a special kids book on collecting stamps will be available from the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s Philatelic Research Foundation.
The National Postage Stamp and Coin Show will be held in the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale’s 9,000-square-foot Graydon Hall, which is located on the main floor. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Toronto, the hotel is near Highway 401 and Highway 407. A special room rate of $118 a night is available to dealers and show-goers.
The show will be open on April 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on April 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3 on opening day but free on closing day. Parking is also free.
For more information about the biannual National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, which will be held this April as well as on Sept. 8-9, visit stampandcoinshow.com.