Each spring and fall, the National Postage Stamp & Coin Show features about 50 leading numismatic and philatelic dealers from across Canada.
The bourse (laid out in the final floor plan below) is located in the brightly lit 9000-square-foot Graydon Ballroom at the popular four-star Hilton Mississauga on 6750 Mississauga Rd. in Mississauga, Ont. 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 at this April’s show!
A full list of dealers attending the spring show is featured below with biographies, contact information and other details, including the material they plan to offer on the bourse.
ANDRÉ LANGLOIS • André Langlois / 514-295-6405 / email@example.com
TABLE #74 A numismatist for more than half a century, Québec’s André Langlois stands as a leading figure in coin grading and values, about which he has written many articles plus a popular 2015 book, Guide for Grading Coins of Canada. Across 175 pages, his extensive book lists and details all grades for all Canadian coins intended for circulation. Also a fervent collector, he owned a coin shop when he was younger and since 1972 has belonged to the Association des numismates et des philatélistes de Boucherville (Association of Numismatists and Philatelists from Boucherville) as a life member.
ANDY GRECCO • Andy Grecco / 905-227-3534 / 905-931-4632
TABLE #24 Andy Grecco doesn’t describe himself as a dealer but instead as a long-time collector; however, he belongs to the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers and remains 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 his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ont.
ANGELO KOMATSOULIS PHILATELIST • Angelo Komatsoulis / 514-333-9524 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLES # 52, 53, 54 Angelo Komatsoulis, the owner of Angelo Komatsoulis Philatelist in 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 and its Montréal storefront. 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. 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.” In 2021, Komatsoulis began serving as the president of the Canadian Stamp Dealers Association.
APEX NUMISMATICS • Peter Zheng / 647-881-9899 /email@example.com
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TABLE # 77 “I love silver; I always have,” said Beaver Bullion founder and owner John Masterson, 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. Nearing its 10th 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLE # 15 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 three 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.”
CAMPBELL’S COLLECTABLES • Terry Campbell / 778-883-5909 / email@example.com
TABLES #17,18,19 This year marks the 30th 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. A resident of Oshawa, Ont., Campbell was also the author of CCN’s 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 of errors and varieties, Campbell is also the author of the 1995 book Canadian Error Coins, An Introduction.
CANADIAN NUMISMATIC RARITIES
TABLE #29 Canadian Numismatic Rarities will have a table on the bourse of the National Postage Stamp & Coin Show this April.
TABLES # 34,35 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 about 20 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 each and every month.” A member 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.
CERTIFIED COINS OF CANADA • Michael Findlay / 705-423-1140 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLES #78,79 Michael Findlay, of Fergus, Ont., has served as a stalwart supporter of Canadian numismatics for more than 40 years. A full-time coin dealer since 1979, he specializes in Canadian, U.S. and world coins, banknotes, tokens, medals and militaria through his business Certified Coins of Canada. Also the president of the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers, Findlay took the reins of CCN Trends, the publication’s popular price guide in 2017 (and earlier from 2009-10). Working with several rotating guest editors, each responsible for evaluating the price trends of a specific collecting area, Findlay makes adjustments in 16 of the 26 yearly issues of CCN while the guest editors are responsible for the remaining 10 issues. He’s also a columnist for Coin World, for which he updates retail estimates for Canadian coins (1858 to date) on an annual basis, and in 1985, he founded the Canadian Coin Dealer Newsletter, which continues to publish wholesale estimates for dealers on a quarterly basis.
C. FRANK HOYLES • Frank Hoyles / 519-676-8925 / email@example.com
TABLES # 9,10,11,12 “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, of Blenheim, Ont., who has added many new items 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.”
TABLE # 26 Citadel Coins is owned by Gerard Feehan, of Halifax, N.S. In business for nearly 30 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 & Coin Show this April, he will be bringing his stock of Canadian decimal coins and banknotes.
TABLE # 49 Peter Liem, of Mississauga, Ont., will have a table on the bourse of this April’s show.
COLLECTORS CORNER COINS • Colin Cutler / 519-379-8068 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLE # 31 Long-time collector and dealer Colin Cutler owns Collectors Corner Coins in Chatham, Ont. He has been buying and selling coins since age 14 – for more than half a century – and started collecting by searching through coin rolls at age six. His inventory for this April’s show will include Canadian, U.S. and worldwide material dating from 600 BC through the present day.
TABLES #4,5,6 Todd Sandham, the 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 at the entrance of 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 also host its biannual Premier Auction in conjunction with the show on Friday and Saturday night (with lot viewing available Friday and Saturday afternoon). Email or call the firm to receive an auction catalogue.
COOKSTOWN COINS • Bill Bischoff / 705-391-8383
TABLE #32 Long-time collector Bill Bischoff leads Cookstown Coins in his hometown of Cookstown, Ont., about 70 kilometres north of Toronto. A numismatist for more than 50 years, he carries “a wealth of knowledge and expertise that has been developed over a long period of time,” he said. He’ll bring a variety of material to this April’s show.
COVERS ONLY • Peter Lim Swee Beng / 416-417-1807 / email@example.com
TABLE # 33 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, the owner of Nunes Nook, who died on Jan. 16, 2011, while attending Unipex in Toronto.
Durbano Stamps, owned by philatelist and noted perfin specialist Patrick Durbano in Markham, Ont., is an online business offering worldwide stamps through its website and eBay store. The company specializes in perfins and the stamps and postal history of Canada and Germany. A leading authority on worldwide private and official perfins, Durbano has exhibited OHMS (On His/Her Majesty’s Service) perfins at CAPEX 96 and will again at CAPEX 22 this June. He also helped rewrite and price the five- and four-hole OHMS official perfins for the 2022 Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps and edited the Perfin Club’s American Perfin Catalog.
TABLES # 20,21,22 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, as well as the education and growth of Canadian numismatics, is 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 on April 28-29.
HUGH ANDERSON • Hugh Anderson / 905-842-2143 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLE #56 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 selections, for which he focuses on the highly valued early issues with quality ranging from Very Fine to Superb. He will also bring a large offering of British Commonwealth countries, including Great Britain; the Channel Islands; British Africa; British Europe; the 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.
TABLES # 40, 41 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 about 30 years. As a collector, he specializes in prohibited mail dating from the 1880s to the 1930s.
TABLE # 73 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 about half a decade and plans to bring a wide selection of his Canadian colonial tokens, decimal coinage, world coins and world banknotes to the National Postage Stamp & Coin Show this April. With wide knowledge of Canadian colonial tokens, he’s also the editor of the Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens.
TABLES # 36,37,38 This year marks Les Garvey’s 46th anniversary as a philatelic dealer. Garvey & 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.” His father Joseph Garvey Sr. launched a home-based business – evenings and weekends only – in the Edmonton area in 1960. By 1976, the Garveys opened their downtown branch of J. Garvey & Sons, a retail shop, followed by their first mail auction. Since then, the firm has published three to four price lists a year. While the father-and-son duo attended their first out-of-town stamp convention in Calgary in 1976, the firm’s show presence has dramatically increased in the ensuing decades. Today, Garvey attends about 30 stamp shows from Victoria, B.C., to Montréal, Qué., each year. After leaving their downtown Edmonton shop at the iconic Empire Building in 2003, the Garvey & Sons returned to a home-based business format and produces a handful of private treaty sales a year while continuing to attend several shows.
TABLE # 25 Led by long-time owner Joseph Iorio, of Vancouver, B.C., J&M Coin and Jewellery stands among Canada’s most reliable full-service coin and bullion dealers. With more than 50 years in business, Iorio buys, sells, trades and appraises all coins, jewellery, bullion and diamonds while also managing a competitive foreign-exchange service. “Our specialty is Canadian items; however, we deal in modern coins, paper currency and bullion, graded coins and more.” His website offers clients a secure online catalogue of every Canadian circulating coin, collector coin set and specimen coin – plus some banknotes – with prices for most grades. Iorio plans to bring an extensive selection of his inventory to the show this April.
TABLE #42 A collector of Canadian stamps for 50 years, Toronto’s Lee Mrkonjic has always enjoyed the hobby, but eight years ago, he ventured into dealing with the launch of his online store. “It’s a whole different experience that’s not so much about making money as it is about taking my hobby to a different level,” said Mrkonjic, who added he’s still able to buy new material that needs sorting, cataloguing, grading and pricing—but instead of holding items for his collection, “I sell it to someone else to enjoy.” He exclusively sells mint Canadian stamps and has something “for just about every collector,” he said, referencing thousands of plate blocks, more than 800 sheets, singles, booklets, souvenir sheets and more. “I have over 100 premium items for sale—often difficult to find. Occasionally, I acquire a unique item just waiting for the right collector to purchase it. I have many loyal customers who keep coming back, and I appreciate every one of them.”
LEWIS OF OTTAWA • Bill Roderick / 613-769-8658 / email@example.com
TABLES # 67.68,69 Ottawa’s Bill Roderick has been in business for more than six decades. 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 & Coin Show in Mississauga.
TABLES # 81,82,83 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
TABLE # 23 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,” said Miller, who’s now based in St. Catharines, Ont. 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.”
TABLES # 65,66 Waterdown, Ont.’s Bill Longley has specialized in Canadian stamps, postal history and worldwide material as Longley Auctions for more than 20 years. “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 a decade later. As a dealer, he focuses on early Canadian material, particularly “unusual, better items.” As a collector, he has many Canadian postal history collections, including stampless covers plus post office publications and documents. He has also exhibited Uruguayan material and won a Grand Award at the national level in Toronto and an international large vermeil in Spain.
MACKEY PHILATELICS • Nigel Mackey / 289-685-0092 / email@example.com
TABLES # 13, 14In business since 1984, Nigel Mackey specializes in Canada, Great Britain and British Commonwealth stamps. He also offers general worldwide stamps and 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, Ont.
MEDALLION STAMPS • Rick Day / 905-319-2920 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLES # 45,46 Celebrating his 43rd 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 the past 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.
TABLE # 22 Jared Stapleton established Metro Coin & 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 now his main interest. “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 in the Ontario capital, plus the Paris Coin Show, held every February and August in Paris, Ont.
MIKE’S COINS • Mike Wilson / 506-866-6468 / email@example.com
TABLE # 27 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 eBay 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.”
MONNAIES DE VERSAILLES • Yvon Chicoine / 514-352-9101 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLES #63,64 Montréal, Qué.’s Yvon Chicoine is the long-time owner of Monnaies de Versailles, which has been in business for more than 20 years. Chicoine mostly specializes in coins but also deals in stamps. He will bring both numismatic and philatelic material to the upcoming show in Mississauga. “I have really good prices for selling, and I’m a strong buyer as well,” he said, adding he has been a collector since age 13—before he was a dealer. He collects paper money from Canada and around the world.
Table #51 Based in Stouffville, Ont., about 50 kilometres north of Toronto, Oakwood Auctions was founded by long-time collector Larry Groskopf, whose involvement in the world of collectibles and art spans 50 years. A dedicated numismatist and philatelist, he began his collecting journey with coins and stamps, in which he began to deal at age 12 before developing expertise in Canadian and worldwide coins as a rare coin dealer. Since that time, his passion has expanded into fine art and other collectibles. More than 20 years ago, he launched the Golden Eagle Art Gallery, which boasts a diverse collection of quality work while representing – and often exclusively – many distinguished artists. Today, Oakwood Auctions carries on Golden Eagle’s legacy of integrity with extensive offerings of stamps, coins, North American and international artwork, sculptures, antiques, sports memorabilia and more.
TABLE # 30 In business for more than 40 years, Sandy Campbell is the owner of Proof Positive Coins in Baddeck, N.S. At this April’s show, he will be carrying his usual selection of high-end Canadian coins and paper money plus collectible watches. Campbell also managed the recent sale of the Cornerstone Collection, nearly all 255 lots of which sold for more than $5 million as part of a fixed-price catalogue offered in 2019.
TABLE #55 R. Maresch & Son was founded in Vienna, Austria, in 1924, before being incorporated in Toronto in 1942 by Dr. Richard Maresch and his son Bill. Today, the firm stands as Canada’s largest and oldest family-run unreserved philatelic auction house, which is now owned by Peter Maresch—the third generation to lead the business. Specializing in material from Canada and its pre-Confederation provinces, Maresch commands a wealth of knowledge in British Commonwealth and worldwide material. The firm holds three major sales each year, including at the 2019 Royal Philatelic Society of Canada Convention plus the upcoming CAPEX 22. “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.
TABLES # 1, 2. 3 Roy’s Stamps, established by St. Catharines, Ont.’s Roy Houtby in 1973, marks its 49th year in business in 2022. Houtby’s 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 since 1979. Houtby has also chaired the Ottawa Fall Stamp Fair for the past two decades 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.
TABLE # 47 The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC) has been in business since 1981—more than four decades. The company, co-owned by Marc Verret and Eric Paquet, specializes in Canadian coins, tokens and banknotes. TCNC will bring an extensive selection of material to this April’s National Postage Stamp & Coin Show, where they will also accept consignments for future sales.
TABLES # 60, 61 A long-time collector and dealer, Ontario’s Nick Cowan is a past president of both the North York Coin Club and the Etobicoke-Mississauga Coin and Collectables Club. In business for about 25 years as the Coin Collector, Cowan 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
TABLES # 75,76 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.
TABLE # 72 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 & Coin Show this spring.
TABLE # 28 An enthusiastic young collector turned dealer, John Rutowski operates under the banner of Toronto Coin Shop, a midtown Toronto storefront that has been in the numismatic business since 1985. Under Rutkowski’s management since 2020, the business serves as a professional buyer of all rare coins, paper money, medals, tokens, precious metals, jewelry and luxury watches. Today, he specializes in Canadian, U.S. and worldwide coins and banknotes.
TABLE # 16 George Smith, the owner of Hamilton, Ont.’s Traders Goldcorp, has been in business since 1972—half a century. 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.
TABLES # 7,8 Based in Welland, Ont., CCN and CSN are Canada’s go-to magazines for all things numismatic and philatelic. CCN was launched in 1963 followed by CSN in 1976. Still published biweekly by Trajan Publishing, the two magazines have a large Canadian audience plus many 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 Coin & Stamp Supplies, which offers CCN and CSN subscribers a convenient option to purchase their supplies at a 20 per cent discount, among other benefits. In 2021, Trajan made its latest acquisition, buying Canadian Wholesale Supply and its retail division Collectors Supply House after their founder Bill Stanley died in December. Trajan plans to continue Stanley’s nearly 70-year legacy as a leading hobby supplier under the original brand names. Trajan also hosts the biannual National Postage Stamp & Coin Show each spring and fall.
TABLES 43, 44 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 350 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 this spring’s show, Vance Auctions will be carrying a wide range of worldwide stamps and covers.
WAXMAN RARITIES • Isaac Waxman / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLE #62 Born and raised around Hamilton, Ont., Isaac Waxman started attending coin shows across Canada at age six. Now in his 30s, he continues to display his lifelong love and appreciation for all collectibles with a special knack for Canadian coins—specifically high-quality material. At age 15, he launched his first company, Kadillac Koins, before shifting into full-time standardbred horse training, which commanded most of his time from his late teenage years through his early 30s. Today, as Waxman Rarities, he buys, sells and appraises all coins and banknotes but also deals with bullion, Rolex watches plus sports cards and other sports memorabilia. While he sells his own material, his website also includes a “Brokers List” page, where people can buy or sell coins on consignment at much lower fees than the standard rates of most auction firms.
WILLARD BURTON • Willard Burton / email@example.com
TABLE # 48 Brampton, Ont.’s Willard Burton is a long-time figure in Canadian numismatics. The past president of the Canadian Association of Numismatic Dealers, Burton began dealing in 1993 at his coin store in Norval, Ont., between Brampton and nearby Georgetown along the shores of the Credit River. “I am now 83 years old, but I don’t feel it—and I’ll be 84 at the show on April 9,” he said this March. “I have done all the big shows in Canada and the U.S.” He’s a life member of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, Ontario Numismatic Association and American Numismatic Association.
WILLIAM COATES PHILATELIST • Bill Coates / 289-668-0314 / firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLES # 57,58,59 William Coates, the owner of William Coates Philatelist in Thorold, Ont., has been a collector since he was about age seven. 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 also belongs to the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation expert committee.
WORLD COINS & NOTES • Pierre Leclerc / 514-592-7288 / email@example.com
TABLES #70, 71 A dealer since 1983 and a collector for even longer, Québec’s 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.