Each National Postage Stamp and Coin Show features about 50 leading numismatic and philatelic dealers from across Canada.
Below is a list of dealers who were slated to attend our spring 2020 show scheduled for April 4-5, about a month after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
In addition to offering a smorgasbord of material on the bourse, our dealers always offer appraisals of show-goers’ material. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!
Based in Almonte, Ont., Sean Isaacs has been in the numismatic business since 1988. He first established his own company, Alliance Coin & Banknote, in 2000. A past contributor to the Standard Catalog of World Coins as well as the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Isaacs specializes in world coins and has handled millions of coins from hundreds of issue countries, territories and states. His coin-hunting travels have taken him to five of the world’s continents, and he enjoys collecting love tokens, interesting historical silver coins and the coinage of Indonesia and the colonial East Indies. He will bring a fresh inventory of diverse world coinage to this spring’s show.
AMIS STAMPS & COINS • Alex Issajenko / 416-533-5363 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Issajenko is the owner of Amis Stamps and Coins located on Dundas Street West in downtown Toronto (regular business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Issajenko began collecting stamps at an early age before becoming interested in world coins and their histories. In 1978, this passion led him to open his first storefront, which continues to offer a relaxed, hands-on hobby experience to this day. For more than 40 years and through four store locations (all in Toronto’s High Park area), Issajenko has amassed an extensive inventory of world stamps, coins, paper money, covers and other interesting collectibles. At the upcoming show in Mississauga, he will be bringing a large inventory of world stamps as well as a wide range of world coins.
ANDY GRECCO • Andy Grecco / 905-227-3534 / 905-931-4632
Andy Grecco doesn’t describe himself as a dealer but instead as a long-time collector; however, he is a member of the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers and is a fixture on show bourses in his home province of Ontario. He’s also involved in organizing the annual Niagara Falls Coin Club Show, which is held each November in Niagara Falls, Ont.
ANDY PALOCHIK • Andy Palochik / 613-702-2124 / email@example.com
Specializing in worldwide stamps and postal history, Andy Palochik is a familiar face on bourses across Ontario. “I like Canadian postal history, so I’ll be bringing that, but I’ll also be bringing Canadian stamps, world postal history and world stamps, specifically Scandinavia,” he said, adding he collects Expo 67 material, which is what “got me started in 1968.” A former secretary-treasurer of the Postal History Society of Canada (PHSC), Palochik is currently a member of that society plus The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and British North America Philatelic Society. “I was fundamental in re-organizing the PHSC in 1979,” he said, adding he worked with a group of postal historians “to get it back on track again.” Also a former collector of Canadian Arctic material, his eBay username is “ArcticCan.”
ANGELO KOMATSOULIS PHILATELIST • Angelo Komatsoulis / 514-333-9524 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelo Komatsoulis, the owner of Les Timbres H.P.K. Stamps Montréal, has dabbled in buying and selling stamps on a part-time basis since 1972. By 1983, he became a full-time dealer after purchasing Reisz Stamp Company with a storefront in Montréal. After selling the building and part of his inventory in 2008, Komatsoulis now concentrates on about eight stamp shows in Montréal, Toronto and Ottawa each year. “We deal in worldwide material from classical to recent stamps,” he said. “We have a new-issues service that many of our clients use for single stamps, blocks, souvenir sheets or topicals according to their collecting interest.”
After certifying its first banknote in January 2008, the Banknote Certification Service (BCS) has since certified more than 67,000 notes. Owner Steven Bell was a collector as a child and a part-time dealer throughout high school and university. “When I completed my degree, I decided to start the business because I saw an opportunity,” added Bell. “We specialize in Canadian and use strict Canadian standards.” The company’s holders are made of an inert plastic that does not contain any of the softening agents used in some plastics. Located in Kitchener, Ont., BCS is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bell will be accepting submissions at the upcoming show in Mississauga.
“I love silver; I always have,” said Beaver Bullion founder and owner John Masterson, who’s a member of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association; Ontario Numismatic Association; Canadian Association of Token Collectors; Toronto Coin Club; and Canadian Centennial Collectors’ Club. “The way it feels, the way it sounds and the satisfying heft it has when you are holding it in your hands has always appealed to me.” Beaver Bullion is Canada’s only hand-poured silver company. Entering its sixth year of business, the company continues to grow. On top of the classic one-ounce bars Masterson began with, he has also expanded his offering of hand-poured bars up to 20 troy ounces; rounds up to 10 troy ounces; three-dimensional designs, including skulls and flowers; and one-ounce art rounds using hand-engraved dies in the tradition of Thomas Church. “While a lot of people like the cleanness and professional feel of machine-cut dies (and I can’t lie, I do as well), I also enjoy the rustic look of something that can only have been done by hand.” Beaver Bullion also carries silver art bars, collector rounds and medallions and tokens.
BEDDOWS PHILATELICS • John Beddows / email@example.com
Gananoque, Ont.’s John Beddows, the son of late dealer John Beddows, who died in 2017, is returning to the business “in a more serious way.” A part-time dealer for several years, the younger Beddows will have a trio of tables on the bourse this spring. “I grew up in the business basically working full time with my father,” he said, adding he spent the past 30 years working in his career with the military. Now heading towards retirement, Beddows is “really excited to re-engage in something that I’ve always loved.” As a dealer, he specializes in British North America, Canada and other Commonwealth countries plus “better” singles and collections and some U.S. material. “I have a decent selection of nice used early singles and some nice Canada collections,” he said, adding he was also a collector in the past but is unsure if that will continue in earnest. “My father always said, ‘If you’re a dealer, everything has to be for sale. You can’t be a collector if you’re a dealer because all you’re doing is feeding your habit,'” said Beddows, who added he has a comprehensive collection of Prince Edward Island he might sell. The two things he loves most about the hobby are the people – and their camaraderie – plus the opportunity for surprises. “Every time you turn a page, there may be a fabulous surprise,” he said. “I love the fact this is a place where your reputation is your business. That reputation is your introduction and brings you into a community of like-minded people who speak the same language and share a love of history and a love of knowledge. I really enjoy the people I meet in this business, and I always have.”
BRAD’S COINS • Brad Small / 506-642-2646
A full-time dealer since 2011, Moncton, N.B.’s Brad Small specializes in world coins (primarily Great Britain). His inventory at the show this spring will feature coins from the U.K., Mexico, South America and other various European countries.
Chris McFetridge, president of Brixton-Chrome, is also the resident stamp expert at the Cosy Cottage Inn, which opened in 2014 as Canada’s first bed and breakfast aimed specifically at serving philatelists’ highly specialized needs. McFetridge is a former accountant with Sloan Partners but left the group in July 2015 before venturing into the stamp business full time. What began as a part-time operation in 2010 became a full-time job in July 2015, when McFetridge was offered a chance to buy into the partnership. “I always wanted to be a stamp dealer, but I didn’t think that was possible,” he said. “I had already built a really solid career in public accounting.” Despite having an established career – and an offer on the table to take it another step further – McFetridge decided to give his life-long dream a try instead. A collector for more than for 40 years, his interest was first spurred by Canada’s 1973 “Caricature” definitives. He’s a member of the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association, whose members adhere to a strict code of ethics similar to the CSDA.
C. FRANK HOYLES • Frank Hoyles / 519-676-8925 / firstname.lastname@example.org
“It is always a pleasure to be involved with the Mississauga show, which is extremely well organized in a spacious and attractive environment,” said Frank Hoyles, who added there will be numerous additions to his extensive stock of postcards, stamps, and postal history for the show this spring. “I am a member of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association; Royal Philatelic Society of Canada; British North America Philatelic Society; and American Philatelic Society in addition to several postcard and stamp clubs and study groups. With 28 years of dealer experience, I know what to target when buying for my customers. I am constantly hunting for new material so that my customers can find significant items for their collections. Please stop by and check out my stock.”
CAMPBELL’S COLLECTABLES • Terry Campbell / 778-883-5909 / email@example.com
This year marks the 28th anniversary of Terry Campbell’s business, Campbell’s Collectables, which he established in 1992; however, he has been collecting and dealing stamps and coins for nearly 60 years. His areas of specialty include world coins and paper money with a “slight focus” on Canadian material. Campbell was also the author of Canadian Coin News’ extensive “Question and Answer” column for 22 years between January 1989 and December 2010. As an avid collector for more than 50 years, Campbell’s collection includes coins, paper money and tokens with a special interest in British Commonwealth material. With extensive knowledge in errors and varieties, Campbell is also the author of the 1995 book Canadian Error Coins, An Introduction.
CANADIAN NUMISMATIC RARITIES
Canadian Numismatic Rarities will have a table on the bourse of the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this April.
Ottawa’s Stephan Bilodeau is the owner of Canadian-Stamps, which specializes in Canadian mint never hinged stamps and covers ranging from the classics to modern material. “Many of you may know me as the new young guy,” he said, although he has more than 15 years of experience as a dealer and has helped thousands of collectors acquire the material they need. “We offer a large stock of worldwide stamps, first-day covers, postcards, stationery and much more. We always have very nice, diverse and fresh new material in each and every month.” A member and director of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association as well as a member of many philatelic clubs, Bilodeau participates in more than 20 stamp shows a year. He’s also the auction director of the Amicale des philatélistes de l’Outaouais. A former employee of Library and Archives Canada as well as the Canadian Museum of History, he has been collecting for more than 30 years. “We provide collectors with a complete philatelic service regardless of their collecting interest or need,” he said, adding his regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Canadian Coin News (CCN) and Canadian Stamp News (CSN) are Canada’s go-to magazines for all things numismatic and philatelic. CCN was launched in 1963 followed by CSN in 1976. Published bi-weekly by Trajan Media, the two magazines have a large Canadian audience plus U.S. and foreign subscribers. CCN and CSN also have a strong online following thanks to Trajan’s commitment to being the essential resource for both advanced and beginner collectors. In 2015, Trajan launched coinstampsupplies.com (CSS), which offers CCN and CSN subscribers a convenient option to purchase their coin and stamp supplies at a 20 per cent discount, among other benefits. Trajan is also the host of the biannual National Postage Stamp and Coin Show.
Citadel Coins is owned by Gerard Feehan, of Halifax, N.S. In business for nearly 25 years, Feehan specializes in Canadian decimal coins and paper money; Royal Canadian Mint products; gold and silver bullion; and jewelry. At the Spring National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this April, he will be bringing his stock of Canadian decimal coins and banknotes.
Québec-based dealer Robert Cooperman, the founder of City Stamp Montréal, specializes in high-quality rare stamps and worldwide collections. Cooperman has been in business for more than 35 years and is now one of Canada’s largest wholesale and retail stamp dealers. After picking up his first pair of tongs at age eight, he instantly fell in love with the hobby and became a stamp dealer when he was 14 years old.
Todd Sandham, co-owner of Kitchener’s Colonial Acres, has been collecting since 1991, when he began attending the Waterloo Coin Society’s monthly meetings. What began as a hobby and then a part-time job in high school has since become a full-time career. Fellow co-owner Kirk Parsons began working at the store upon graduating in 2004. Colonial Acres, which will have three tables just outside the main bourse room at the upcoming show, specializes in Canadian decimal coins, paper money and bullion. “We will be bringing all of our Canadian decimal, paper money and world coins, including some scarcer coins that seldom come around,” said Sandham. Colonial Acres will be hosting its fourth premier auction in conjunction with the show on the Friday and Saturday night (lot viewing will be held Friday and Saturday afternoon). To receive a catalogue, email or call Sandham.
COVERS-ONLY • Peter Lim Swee Beng / 416-417-1807 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto’s Peter Lim Swee Beng established Covers-Only in 2010 but has been collecting for more than 15 years. A second-generation collector and dealer, Beng specializes in covers of Imperial China as well as worldwide stamps, cancellations and postmarks. A “very close friend” – himself a long-time Toronto dealer – sparked Beng’s interest in the hobby at a young age. From there, he gained knowledge on worldwide covers and postal history from the late Dr. John Nunes Nook, owner of Nunes Nook, who died Jan. 16, 2011, while attending Unipex in Toronto.
ESJ VAN DAM • Erling van Dam / 705-292-7013 / email@example.com
Long-time philatelist and revenue stamp specialist Erling van Dam buys and sells everything from Canadian revenue stamps to semi-official airmail stamps and covers. In business since 1970, van Dam specializes in Canadian and worldwide revenue stamps, including Canadian provinces, as well as Newfoundland revenues; revenue documents; proofs; tobacco and liquor stamps; telephone and telegraph franks; revenue perfins and meters; and duck, conservation and hunting stamps. He is a member of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association, American Philatelic Society, American Revenue Association, the U.K.-based Revenue Society, British North America Philatelic Society and Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, among others. He’s also the editor, publisher and distributor of both The Canadian Revenue Stamp Catalogue and the Canadian Revenue Stamp Album.
With a vision to create a Canadian numismatic auction house that not only delivers the results clients deserve but also provides much-needed integrity and transparency, Geoffrey Bell Auctions emerged in 2008 and has since grown to become Canada’s premier numismatic auction firm. Implementing the innovation that gave Geoff Bell and his son, Brian, success for more than 30 years with their retail store The Coin Cabinet, they’ve worked hard to earn and maintain the trust of Canada’s numismatic community. That trust – along with the education and growth of our hobby – is just as important to them as their bottom line. Their tables at the show in Mississauga will feature a wide selection of quality material for every level of collector plus some highlights from the upcoming Toronto Coin Expo Spring Sale, which will take place April 30-May 1.
HUGH ANDERSON • Hugh Anderson / 905-842-2143 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakville’s Hugh Anderson has been in business since 1967, and he specializes in worldwide topical stamps, including trains (for which a price list of more than 100 pages is available), scouts, birds, butterflies, transportation and royalty, among other topics. Another strength is his classic Canada and British North America sections, of which he focuses on the highly valued early issues with quality ranging from Very Fine to Superb. He will also bring a large selection of British Commonwealth countries, including Great Britain; the Channel Islands; British Africa; British Europe; South Pacific; and the Caribbean. “I’m going to bring everything I have to the show,” he said, adding he will also have philatelic supplies, literature and catalogues for sale.
Huge Deshaye, of Québec city, is the owner of Hugo Deshaye (Philatelist) Inc., which specializes in Canadian postal history such as covers, old correspondences, postcards, stationery, stamps, documents, vintage photographs and personal archives. In January 2019, Deshaye launched an online store to promote his business. A director with The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association, vice-president of the Postal History Society of Quebec and a social media officer with the British North America Philatelic Society, Deshaye has been a dealer for 25 years. As a collector, he specializes in prohibited mail dating from the 1880s to the 1930s.
IAN LEVESQUE • Ian Levesque / email@example.com
Ian Levesque is a Quebec-based dealer specializing in Canadian coins and Royal Canadian Mint products.
A collector in his childhood, Clément Chapados-Girard, of Lévis, Qué., now specializes in Canadian colonial tokens. He has been a full-time dealer for more than two years and plans to bring a wide selection of his Canadian colonial tokens, decimal coinage, world coins and world banknotes to the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this April. With wide knowledge in Canadian colonial tokens, he’s also the new editor of the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens.
This year marks Les Garvey’s 44th anniversary as a philatelic dealer. Garvey and Sons carries “a very general stock” comprised of Canada, British Commonwealth and worldwide material. “It’s always changing because we’re buying collections back from collectors who started with my father back in the ’60s,” said Garvey, of Edmonton. “It has gone so full circle.”
LA TIMBRATHEQUE ENR. • Patrick Chalifoux / 450-223-0082 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Chalifoux, of Sainte-Julie, Qué., has more than 30 years of experience as a stamp dealer. He began collecting in 1976, and less than a decade later he started dealing part time. He has been a full-time dealer since 2004 and specializes in Canada and its provinces; France; Monaco; India; and Russia, although the long-time dealer has countries from around the world in stock. Chalifoux said he plans to bring most of his inventory to the upcoming National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this April.
LEWIS OF OTTAWA • Bill Roderick / 613-769-8658 / email@example.com
Bill Roderick, of Ottawa, Ont., has been in business for 58 years. As a long-time philatelic dealer, he specializes in Canada, Great Britain and the British Colonies. “People know me, and they know what I’ve got. I’ve been doing it long enough,” said Roderick, who will have his usual inventory at the upcoming National Postage Stamp and Coin Show in Mississauga.
Lighthouse Canada will be offering a range of supplies at the show in Mississauga this April.
LONDINIUM COINS • Gary Miller / 416-953-2465 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Miller has been in business since 2007, when he revived Londinium Coins, which was established by his father in 1969. “I grew up in this business,” Miller said. He specializes in “everything but Canadian decimal,” including world coins and banknotes, historical medals, ancient coins and military medals and collectables. At the upcoming show in Mississauga, Miller will – as always – “mix it up” with his inventory, which will include a “fresh selection of historical medals, world coins and new ancients. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
Waterdown, Ont.’s Bill Longley has been in business as Longley Auctions for 18 years and specializes in Canadian stamps, postal history and worldwide. “My strength is postal history because that’s what I do,” said Longley, who began collecting at age 10 and started with postal history about 10 years later. As a dealer, he focuses on early Canada, particularly “unusual, better items.” As a collector, he has many Canadian postal history collections, including stampless covers as well as post office publications and documents. He has also exhibited Uruguay and won a Grand Award at the national level in Toronto and a Large Vermeil internationally in Spain.
MACKEY PHILATELICS • Nigel Mackey / 289-685-0092 / email@example.com
In business since 1984, Nigel Mackey specializes in Canada, Great Britain and British Commonwealth stamps. He also offers general worldwide stamps as well as revenue stamps. A retired correctional officer, Mackey has been collecting stamps since 1967 with significant interest in Canada, Great Britain and anything related to prisons and the criminal justice system. Mackey is a member of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association; Royal Philatelic Society of Canada; and American Philatelic Society. Mackey’s “Crime and Punishment” exhibit featuring stamps and covers showing criminals, crimes, courts and jails earned him a vermeil at the 2018 Royal Convention in St. Catharines.
Maddy’s Philatelic Service was established in 1977 – 43 years ago – and has served customers in the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara peninsula ever since. They specialize in stamps of the British Colonies; Canada; Germany; and other parts of Europe. Part-owner Ed Yonelinas, who inherited a cousin’s stamp album at the age of nine and has been collecting ever since, said they will have a “good selection” of material to meet the needs of collectors at the show this April. Maddy Yonelinas, who also works for the business, is the other co-owner.
MEDALLION STAMPS • Rick Day / 905-319-2920 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating his 40th anniversary in the philatelic business, Burlington, Ont.’s Rick Day is a long-time dealer and owner of Medallion Stamps, which he established in 1979. Day, who’s also president of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association, specializes in U.S. stamps but also carries a good stock of modern Canada, coils, booklets, souvenir sheets and older town cancels.
Jared Stapleton established Metro Coin and Banknote in 2013 following a lifelong interest in collecting. “I have been collecting my whole life,” he said, adding his interest was piqued at a young age with coins but eventually “drifted to banknotes,” which is his main interest now. “I collect rare Chartered banknotes or error notes. I like the artwork, and every banknote is unique by the serial number.” His business specializes in Canadian and worldwide coins and banknotes. Stapleton is the past president of the Canadian Paper Money Society and currently sits on the pricing panel for the Charlton Standard Catalogue for Canadian Government Paper Money. He’s also the owner of the long-running Toronto Coin Expo (held every spring and fall) and the Paris Coin Show (held every February and August).
MIKE’S COINS • Mike Wilson / 506-866-6468 / email@example.com
Moncton, N.B.’s Mike Wilson worked as the manager of a local coin shop for 30 years, from 1986 until 2015, at which point he semi-retired and started Mike’s Coins. “I sell on e-Bay and am at most of the major shows across Canada and some in the U.S. I specialize in Canadian, U.S. and world coins but always have a decent selection of banknotes and even a few tokens as well. I always have a nice selection of Canadian silver dollars, including five or six 1948 dollars, and world gold coins. I especially like the mid-priced collector coins in the $50-$1,500 range as I have always enjoyed interacting with collectors like myself. Retirement has made the hobby much more enjoyable as now I buy collections and always find a piece or two to add to my own collection. Drop by my table at the show and I am sure you will find something in your collecting interest.”
PIERRE LECLERC • Pierre Leclerc / 514-592-7288 / firstname.lastname@example.org
A dealer since 1983 and a collector for even longer, Pierre Leclerc first became interested in numismatics after discovering how coins and banknotes can teach people about history. He specializes in French colonial material plus world coins and paper money. “In Canada or maybe in North America, I have the nicest collection of Morroco plus some French Indochina and more,” said Leclerc, who added he’ll also have “some very nice paper money from St. Pierre and Miquelon” at the show this spring.
Baddeck, N.S.’s Sandy Campbell, owner of Proof Positive Coins, will be carrying high-end Canadian coins and paper money as well as collectable watches at the upcoming show in Mississauga. Campbell is also managing the sale of the Cornerstone Collection, some material from which is still available but garnering interest from several parties.
R. Maresch and Son was founded in Vienna, Austria, in 1924, and incorporated in Toronto in 1942 by Dr. Richard Maresch and his son, Bill. They are Canada’s largest and oldest family-run unreserved philatelic auction house, which is now owned by Peter Maresch—the third generation. Specializing in Canada and its provinces, and with a wealth of knowledge in British Commonwealth and worldwide material, the auction house, which is located at 2 Vata Ct. (unit six) in Aurora, Ont., holds three major sales each year, including last year’s Royal Convention auction. “If you have items you wish to consign or just want to say hello and put a face to a name, please stop by for a visit,” said Maresch.
ROY’S STAMPS • Roy Houtby / 905-934-8377 / email@example.com
This year marks the 47th year in business for Roy’s Stamps, which was established by St. Catharines, Ont.’s Roy Houtby in 1973. His specialties include the stamps and postal history of Canada and the British Commonwealth, and he boasts the world’s largest stock of Canadian first-day covers. “Better Canadian mint, used and Canadian provinces are always featured,” he adds. Houtby is a past president of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association; has organized the Best Western Stamp Show in St. Catharines since 1977; and has served as the bourse chairman of the St. Catharines Stamp Club’s “Cathex” show since 1979. Houtby has also chaired the Ottawa Fall Stamp Fair for the past 15 years and has served as bourse chair for several national events, including Royal 2009, BNAPEX 2015, Royal 2018 and BNAPEX 2019. Houtby is also a member of the American Philatelic Society’s Dealer Advisory Council.
SELECT CURRENCY • Gary Fedora / 416-705-4068 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgetown, Ont.’s Gary Fedora, owner of Select Currency, has been in business for about 25 years and specializes in paper money and coins. He began collecting paper money in 1987, after which time he became interested in gold and silver before adding coinage to his collection about eight years ago.
TAYLOR STAMPS • Rob Taylor / 905-799-0103 / email@example.com
Brampton, Ont.’s Rob Taylor is the owner of Taylor Stamps, which specializes in Canada from the 1851-59 “Pence” and “Cents” issues to “Large Queens” and “Small Queens” in booklets, panes and coils. Taylor, who’s a director with the West Toronto Stamp Club, is also interested in material of Great Britain, Australia and the U.S. He’s also a member of the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada as well as the expertizing committee of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation.
TED’S COLLECTABLES • Ted Bailey / 866-747-2646 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Paris, Ont.’s Ted Bailey, owner of Ted’s Collectables, has more than 50 years of experience in the hobby. He buys, sells and appraises Canadian, U.S., and worldwide gold and silver coins as well as paper money, and his inventory includes a wide variety of jewellery. What’s more, Bailey is the former long-time owner and host dealer of the South Western Ontario Numismatics (SWON) show in Paris, Ont.
Ontario’s Nick Cowan is a long-time collector and dealer as well as a past president of the North York Coin Club and the Etobicoke Mississauga Coin and Collectables Club. This year marks his 21st year in business as The Coin Collector, which specializes in Canadian decimal coinage; Canadian paper money; silver bullion; and Canadian Maritime provincial coinage.
THE CONNOISSEUR • John Brown / 705-692-3995 / email@example.com
The Connoisseur, based in Naughton, Ont., is owned by John Brown, who doesn’t specialize in one particular area; instead, he describes himself as “a huge history buff,” adding the history of coinage is “amazing.” At the upcoming show in Mississauga – as always – Brown will bring a wide variety of coinage, medallions and medals. “We will also be bringing a large variety of coins with mint errors and low mintage,” said Brown.
A part-time dealer, Brian Chapman has been in the numismatic business for about 15 years and specializes in Canadian coins. He’ll have a wide variety of material at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show this spring.
George Smith, owner of Hamilton’s Traders Goldcorp, has been in business since 1972—a total of 48 years. He’s always “aggressively buying” scrap gold and silver; bullion, gold and silver coins, paper money, estate jewelry, gemstones and fine watches. In addition to Canadian coinage, Smith also deals in rare U.S. and British coins.
With experience from working in his father’s Toronto-area stamp store, Vance Carmichael ran his first mail auction in November 1972. It consisted of 348 lots on one page in Linn’s Stamp News. Since then, Vance Auctions has hosted more than 330 sales. What began as a “one-man show” now requires a staff of more than 15 full- and part-time employees to run seven auctions a year. Although their headquarters in Smithville, Ont., has expanded four times within the same building, the address has remained the same for more than four decades. At the Spring National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, Vance Auctions will be carrying a wide range of worldwide stamps and covers.
WILLIAM COATES PHILATELIST • Bill Coates / 289-668-0314 / firstname.lastname@example.org
William Coates, the owner of William Coates Philatelist, has been a collector since he was about seven years old. He began as a part-time dealer in 1981, and by 1997 the hobby became his full-time job. He specializes in the stamps and postal history of Canada and British North America. Coates is also a long-time member of several philatelic societies, including the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada, and is a member of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation expert committee.