Since 1954, members of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) have met annually to share their knowledge, proudly parade their new acquisitions, and for fellowship. Well, that was until last year when the convention was cancelled because of the COVID pandemic. While this situation has prevented the in-person portion of this year’s assembly, the RCNA will host its first virtual convention, which will be held via Zoom online meetings from 16th to 24th July 2021.
“We were sad when we couldn’t host the [physical] convention this summer,” said Steve Woodland, chairman of the convention that was to be held in Ottawa.” Ottawa, home to the headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mint and of the Bank of Canada, is always popular with Association members from across Canada. “The Board of Directors decided to hold a virtual convention,” said Robert Forbes, president of the RCNA, “and we asked James Williston, of Calgary, to take on the organization of this special event.”
“On July 17-18, we will be offering educational seminars from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT each day on topics such as ‘Ancient Coins as Art’ and ‘The Sign of the Golden Fleece: The Rutherford Tokens’.),” said Williston. “Nine specialized clubs, including the Canadian Association of Token Collectors and the Canadian Paper Money Society, will hold online meetings between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. from July 19 to July 23.”
“Since we’re meeting in cyberspace, we invite numismatic enthusiasts from every corner of the world to join us,” said Forbes.
The detailed schedule of activities is available online.
For further information on the association, visit the website of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association.