Selling a collection is sometimes a murky experience, especially for those people who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of numismatics.
To clear the fog around selling a collection, Canadian author and numismatist Yvon Marquis will lead a seminar at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this March. Building on the topic of his recently released 44-page booklet, How to Dispose of a Coin or Banknote Collection, Marquis will share a summary of his expertise in the valuation and sale of various numismatic collections.
“The purpose of the booklet is to help people who have little or no knowledge about coin collecting and who have to dispose of a collection after the death of a dear one,” said Marquis, who’s also the author of the 1987 book The Nickel Dollars of Canada and the co-author of Quebec’s Numismatic Catalogue, released in 2012.
Because attendees of the two-day show will “probably be collectors,” Marquis said his seminar will focus on the importance of maintaining a detailed inventory as well as communicating with family about one’s collection.
“Where it is stored, how much it is valued, which coins are more expensive, who to contact to get help – it is important for the collector to realize how much their collection is important for them,” said Marquis, who’s a past president of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, of which he’s also a Fellow, and a director with the Canadian Association for Numismatic Education.
“They have spent time and money to build their collection, and as it will survive them, they should make sure it will be passed to another collector or – if it is sold – heirs will get as much money as possible.”
With an interest in numismatics for nearly six decades, during which time he has become a trusted source of information on Canadian numismatics, Marquis is involved in numerous organizations across Canada and is the author or co-author of more than 20 volumes on this field.
His seminar is slated for March 23.
For more information about the show, visit stampandcoinshow.com.