National coin and stamp show will explore our hobby’s saintly past

The spirit of St. Eligius, the Patron Saint of Numismatics, will be alive and strong at this fall’s National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, Sept. 8-10.

Yes, the fascinating hobby of numismatics indeed has a saint, Eligius, who was born June 11, 588 into a Gallo-Roman family. Learn about this amazing saint through Scott Douglas, the grand knight of Canada’s St. Eligius Brotherhood of Numismatists. Douglas will share how Eligius became a master of the mint and the right hand of King Dagobert. Despite these high-powered positions, Eligius had a heart of gold, sharing his wealth with youth, especially the poor.

Douglas will share how the passion and mission of St. Eligius continue around the world today. Douglas, who recently acquired the assets of the St. Eligius Numismatic Museum, will have some of the museum pieces on display at the show on Saturday, Sept. 9. His presentation will start at 1 p.m.

Another highlight at the fall show is the return of the popular RCNA Coin Kids Junior Auction on Sunday, Sept. 10, starting at 1 p.m. New to this year’s show is a 15-minute workshop entitled “20th Century Kings on Canadian Coins.”

RCNA youth co-ordinator Cassidy Stroud said the workshop is designed to help new and young collectors learn more about collecting money in a fun setting. The workshop and auction are free to all youth accompanied by family.

Another show highlight is the popular Premier Auction by Colonial Acres. The auction is held over two days, starting Friday, Sept. 8. It will feature 1,284 lots, including the “King of Canadian coins,” a 1921-dated 50-cent graded PCGS SP-64 (Lot 616B).

This year’s National Postage Stamp and Coin Show starts on Friday, Sept. 8, with the auction. The bourse, featuring over 50 coin and stamp dealers, will be open on Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton Mississauga.

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