Expectations are high for this spring’s “Young Collectors” booth and auction, which will feature its largest offering of numismatic and philatelic material when it returns to the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show on March 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Highlighted by the auction, which is free for children to participate in, the Young Collectors program organized by Lisa McPherson is a boon to budding numismatists and philatelists.
“I am excited to see the turnout. It keeps growing,” said McPherson, who’s the national youth co-ordinator of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) and the first vice-president of the Ontario Numismatic Association.
“We have many young numismatists returning to each show. It could be to pick up needed supplies or reduced price treasures from the youth sales table, but I suspect the auction is the big attraction.”
The auction is slated to offer 35 lots of coin and stamp material – up from 30 lots last year – and there will be a “slight increase in philatelic material,” McPherson said, “as we are attracting more philatelic youth and would like that to continue.”
Highlights of this spring’s youth auction include:
- a six-piece set of coins plus a hand-hewn arrow tip, a hand-drawn postcard and a hand-drawn piece of art donated by the Bradford Exchange;
- a six-coin uncirculated set issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 1991;
- a Star Wars-themed item;
- commemorative sterling silver dollars;
- a 2015 five-cent Fine silver coin, “The Crossed Maple Boughs,” issued by the Mint as the first coin in its series honouring the nickel’s various designs;
- stamps and first-day covers recently released by Canada Post; and
- a “mystery item that is quite large,” McPherson said.
“Once again, a big thank you goes out to all who donate to the youth program,” she said, adding the program enjoys a partnership with the RCNA as well as other numismatic organizations, including the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers (CAND).
FREE FOR KIDS
With free admission to the show on March 23-24, no cost for the youth auction and discounted material at the Young Collectors booth, the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show is an affordable avenue into collecting for children.
“Nothing is more important – in any hobby, really – than to get young people curious, interested and ultimately addicted,” said McPherson, who’s been hosting youth auctions since 2014 and thanked show organizers, dealers and participating organizations for their donations and support.
“These shows and conventions are great ways for youth to get to know the dealers, learn about the different organizations, connect with representatives as well as enjoy the youth program offered. Repeated visits lead to relationships and perhaps some mentoring.”
Some of these young hobbyists might even turn coin or stamp collecting into a career, she added.
“I truly believe there is nothing better than hands-on experience, seeing the items in front of you, and of course, the wonderful social aspect of collecting.”
Parents are encouraged to bring their budding young collectors aged 17 and under to the Young Collectors booth – open Saturday and Sunday – as well as to the auction on March 24 at 1:30 p.m.
For more information about the show, visit stampandcoinshow.com.