‘Young Collectors’ program offers fun for whole family

The “Young Collectors” booth and auction returns to the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this September, when young show-goers will have a chance to grow their collections for little or no cost.

In an effort to develop the next cohort of collectors, and tying in with the show’s youth mandate, this fall’s two-day event features family-friendly fun for everyone. All children aged 17 and under receive free admission to the show both days – Sept. 7 and 8 – and also have exclusive access to discounted material at the Young Collectors sales table throughout the weekend.

On Sept. 8 at noon, Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) national youth co-ordinator Cassidy Stroud will host a youth-focused workshop with a fun video highlighting coin collecting. This will be followed by a 15-minute presentation on cost-effective ways to store a coin or banknote collection – with examples of what supplies to use and others to avoid.

The major highlight, however, is the free Young Collectors Auction slated to take place later that day at 1:30 p.m.

In its largest offering to date, the Young Collectors Auction will see upwards of 50 lots of numismatic and philatelic material cross the block and is free for children to participate in.

“The auction keeps growing as word continues to get out, so hopefully we’ll see it grow again this September,” said Stroud, who was recently named the RCNA’s national youth co-ordinator after Lisa McPherson’s resignation this July.

McPherson, who began hosting youth auctions in 2014, will continue to volunteer as an auctioneer with her husband Robb this September.

Among the highlights of the free Young Collectors Auction is a 2013-dated 25-cent dinosaur coin featuring Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest known flying animals. Valued at $40, this glow-in-the-dark coin is perfect for imaginative budding collectors looking to add to their collections.

Dozens of other coins, banknotes, tokens, medals, stamps, supplies, literature and more will cross the block during the roughly two-hour sale.

Cassidy Stroud was recently named the national youth co-ordinator of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association and will host the free 50-lot auction on Sept. 8.

‘OUR FUTURE’

“The youth are our future in the hobby and we certainly need to plant seeds in their minds about how fun the hobby is,” said Stroud, who’s also the secretary of the Ontario Numismatic Association and the past president of the Brantford Numismatic Society.

“The hobby is low-tech, it’s hands-on and it’s something you can do together, with your family.”

The RCNA’s youth program is partnered with the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers and is made possible through fundraising and donations from individual dealers and collectors.

“We’ve been doing really well with donations,” said Stroud, “but we’re always looking for more.”

“The more donations we can get in cash or in kind – meaning supplies or coins and banknotes – the more we can give to the kids to stimulate the hobby for them in a low-cost or free manner.”

Parents are encouraged to bring their up-and-coming collectors to the Young Collectors booth – open Saturday and Sunday – as well as the auction on Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the show, visit stampandcoinshow.com.

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