By Jesse Robitaille
Unbeatable bourse, illuminating seminars, 1,500-lot auction among highlights of Sept. 7-8 show
With the dog days of summer nearly behind us, Trajan Media is giving collectors a reason to look forward to fall with the return of its National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this September.
About 50 leading dealers from across the country are slated to return to the Hilton Mississauga’s 9,000-square-foot Graydon Hall for the show’s fall edition on Sept. 7-8. With a smorgasbord of wide-ranging material – from stamps and coins to postcards, banknotes, tokens, medals, militaria, literature, supplies and more – there’s something for every collector on the bourse of the biannual hobby spectacle.
“There are a lot of people who collect stamps and coins, and the fact they can come in and shop for both is a bonus,” said dealer Nick Cowan, owner of The Coin Collector, who added morale among dealers is “very high” throughout the weekend.
This fall, the bourse will open to the public both days at 10 a.m., before closing at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 4 p.m. on the following day. Admission is $3 on Saturday and free on Sunday – with children aged 17 and under always receiving free admission – and free on-site parking is available to all show-goers.
Beyond the bourse, collectors can bolster their knowledge and appreciation of the hobby with a trio of exciting seminars plus an engaging “Young Collectors” program dedicated to inspiring the next generation of hobbyists.
On Saturday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., counterfeit coin expert Mike Marshall will lead a seminar on understanding and identifying fakes using existing Chinese counterfeits plus new examples “hot off the press,” Marshall said.
Later that day at 2 p.m., Canada Post officials will offer a sneak peek at the country’s stamp program for 2020. Susan Gilson, senior design manager with the Crown corporation, will be joined by stamp designer Andrew Perro, who will also highlight Canada Post’s recent “Bears” issue as well as last year’s “Bees” stamps.
Parking at the Hilton Mississauga is free while you’re attending the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show on Sept. 7-8. The Hilton will be placing a notice on its parking meters listing the shows and events – including Trajan’s “National Show” – that are exempt from parking fees. Instead of paying the parking meters, show-goers are asked to sign in with their license plate number at the show admission desk. Do not pay the fee at the hotel’s automated parking meters. There are no refunds from the hotel or show organizers.
SUNDAY YOUTH PROGRAM
Sept. 8 is dedicated to the future of our hobbies with Trajan’s “Young Collectors” program.
On Sunday at noon, Royal Canadian Numismatic Association national youth co-ordinator Cassidy Stroud will host a workshop for children, exploring what material they can collect with an informative video.
Also tying in with the show’s family friendly mandate, later that day at 1:30 p.m., a free “Young Collectors” auction will offer upwards of 50 lots of numismatic and philatelic material to children aged 17 and under. Play money will be provided to all bidders, so there is no cost to participants.
Throughout the weekend, the “Young Collectors” booth – located just outside the bourse – will also offer discounted material to children aged 17 and under.
Looking ahead to next year, the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show is slated to return next spring and fall at the same location, the Hilton Mississauga, which is located directly off Highway 401 on Mississauga Road.
For more information about the biannual show, which is hosted by Trajan Media, publisher of CSN and Canadian Coin News, visit stampandcoinshow.com.