Welcome to the 54th annual O.N.A. Convention page.
The 2016 convention was hosted by the Waterloo Coin Society.
|| Ontario Numismatic Association 54th Annual Convention - 2016 |
We hope you enjoyed our convention at the Kitchener Holiday Inn,
April 8-10, 2016.
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General / Hotel Booking Information
Please Join Us:
Friday April 8, 2016 through Sunday, April 10, 2016
Open to the Public Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Daily Admission only $3.00
Children 17 and under free.
See the program of events listing for a complete schedule.
Holiday Inn, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hotel and Conference Centre
30 Fairway Road South,
Kitchener, ON N2A 2N2
Convention daily rate*:
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|Business Class||$125|| |
• Complimentary safety deposit boxes, available at the Front Desk
• Free self-parking
* for either a King size single-bed or 2 double-beds, non-smoking room.
Subject to appropriate taxes
2016 Convention Medal
Register quickly and securely online using PayPal or by sending in the completed registration by mail along with a cheque to the address noted at the bottom of the form. The Registration Chairman and the O.N.A. Treasurer will also accept completed forms at many of the local area coin shows or club meetings in Southwestern Ontario. Kits must be picked up at the convention during hours specified in the program of events.
Requests for additional items will be accepted during the registration period pending availability and combined with your existing order.
We encourage you to get the most out of the annual three day event while also supporting the organization and its activities by purchasing a main registration kit, souvenir medal or banquet ticket. Enhancements have been made to a long standing service tradition of giving back to the O.N.A. supporters, members and collectors by offering a ‘no frills’ weekend Bourse Floor Pass and souvenir copper medals as separate items. Less than 100 main registration kits will be made available this year on a first come first served basis.
Attractively priced Spousal and YN kits (under 18) are also an excellent and affordable way to get the whole family involved and start the annual tradition of attending the O.N.A.show together. Convention medals are highly sought after by many collectors given their extremely low mintage. Banquet tickets are also in great demand with many attendees viewing the awards ceremony as the highlight of their entire weekend.
Advance registration provides far more benefits than just paying the daily Bourse admission and/or attending the many free events planned for Saturday and Sunday. Get the VIP treatment with the exclusive Friday kick-off celebration consisting of the Bourse preview and welcome reception attended by registrants, dealers and dignitaries. Access before the general public affords pass holders and registrants the luxury of being among the first on the sales floor while also freeing up precious time to participate in activities, socialize with collectors and attend important club and association meetings. By taking advantage of this valuable benefit not only will you feel less hurried, there is a greater potential to find that special item(s) you have been looking to add to your collection or the right dealer if you are looking to sell.
Avoid disappointment by placing your order before the March 21, 2016 deadline as orders will not be processed after this date. Medals and Banquet tickets provided there are any still remaining, will be sold on a first come first served basis at the convention sales desk.
On-line registration is now closed.
Thank you to everyone who registered before March 1 for a chance to win the Early Bird Prize shown here. Congratulations to Steve Woodland who was declared the winner will be presented a $20 for $20 case designed by Lighthouse Publictions generously provided by Trajan Media at the Friday evening Welcome Reception.
| 2016 54th Annual Convention Medal |
Our 54th convention medal design was chosen by the convention committee from a design submitted by ONA member Thomas P. Sanders.
The medal features the Victoria Park Clock Tower.
For nearly 50 years the tower was the focal point of the beloved Renaissance revival style city hall which was demolished, amid great controversy, in 1973.
Thankfully there were enough foresighted individuals to have the clock tower carefully dismantled and preserved for future generations. As one of Kitchener’s most recognizable landmarks, it now stands watch at the entrance to Victoria Park (off Joseph and Gaukel streets.)
Mr. Sanders’ rendition depicted below marks the first time the tower has become a focal point of a W.C.S. / O.N.A. medal. Previously in 1972, banquet medals were struck for the Waterloo Coin Society which featured the former Kitchener city hall built in 1924. A K-W Oktoberfest trade dollar was issued in 1996 to celebrate the reconstruction and formal dedication July 1, 1995 of the Heritage Clock Tower (as it was known then) in it's permanent home ending many years of discussion and debate. Today the clock tower is prominently featured as the City of Kitchener's official logo.
Silver and Brass medals will be in short supply with a limited mintage of only 40. Copper will also have a limited mintage of 100 this year.
(Images: Heavy Cameo, Proof-like strike of Silver Medal.)
These beautiful, heavy cameo, medals are sure to sell out so reserve yours today!
|| Banquet Information |
Saturday, April 9 —
6:30pm – 7:00pm — Pre-Banquet Reception
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Annual Banquet
11:00pm – 12:00am — President's Reception
Banquet Speaker - Our Banquet speaker this year is Walter Ostromecki, American Numismatic Association Past President.
Master of Ceremonies - This year the banquet Master of Ceremonies is Scott Douglas, President of the SWCS
Program of Events
|| Education Symposium |
Our Education Chairman, Scott Douglas, is pleased to announce our Friday afternoon Education Symposium!
Friday, April 8 — (1:00pm–4:00pm)
Judy Blackman fona – 1 PM
Presentation - Little Gems 1800-1920 (hand painted and enamel coins and tokens)
Judy has been a member of 29 numismatic clubs and associations worldwide for the past decade, and served several in executive positions, convention and other roles; serving, as editor, nine numismatic groups at one time. Currently on the executive of the South Wellington Coin Society, and is an editor serving RCNA Numis Notes, O.N.A. The Numismatist, CAWMC Timber Talk, and SWCS Wellington Circular, and recently began assisting the IOWMC Bunyan’s Chips’ editor. She has been published 10 times in the Canadian Coin News in the past 2 years. Also she has received President’s Awards, Exhibit Awards, Editor Awards, and other recognitions for numismatic organizations and clubs, and in 2015 became a Fellow of the O.N.A. Judy has been a frequent speaker and exhibitor at local clubs in the Waterloo-Wellington-Oxford areas for the last 5 years. She has other interests in the community such as her comradeship in the Royal Canadian Legion, and has worked with Junior Achievement kids.
Jeff Fournier fona – 2 PM
Presentation – Collecting Canadian Centennial Tokens and Medals
Jeff’s earliest recollection of his fascination with coinage came in 1967 when he was 4 years old, but he did not begin actively collecting coins until 1971, at the age of 8. His collecting interests now include Canadian decimals, Charter and Government of Canada banknotes, Canadian municipal and commemorative medals, coin club medals, centennial collectibles and Municipal trade currency. Over his numismatic career, Jeff has had over 500 numismatic articles published, has given presentations to hundreds of school kids about coin collecting, and has been a keynote speaker at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury, home of the Big Nickel as well as to several local service organizations.
Jeff’s passion and priority is numismatic education. He believes this, along with the active promotion of numismatics in our communities, publication of numismatic material and active participation in local historical initiatives, is the key to the future of our hobby.
Reverand Angus Sutherland – 3 PM
Presentation – Communion Tokens: the history and use of
Angus Sutherland is a retired Presbyterian minister who has long been fascinated with both numismatics and history. He discovered that his vocation and his interests could be combined in collecting Communion tokens, largely a Presbyterian phenomenon. He began collecting these tokens in earnest in 1990 when he bought 200 Canadian Communion tokens from the Norweb collection. His collection worldwide has exceeded 4,000. Angus is currently working on a book on the Communion token, and particularly describing his Canadian collection, and updating (or correcting) the histories of the issuing congregations. Angus chairs the Advisory Committee for the National Presbyterian Museum in Toronto which boasts an equally large collection of Communion tokens.
You are invited to attend all Education Symposiums free of charge, everyone is welcome.
Just For Juniors
|| Convention Events |
|| Bourse Information |
Bourse and Display
floor open to the Public!
Saturday and Sunday, April 9–10 — 10:00 am
*** BUY * SELL * TRADE * APPRAISE ***
Over 35 Qualified Dealers
Daily Admission only $3.00,
Youths under 17 are FREE
3-Day, EARLY ADMISSION, Floor Pass $15.00
The following events are taking place specifically for Youths (under the age of 18) members and their visitors to the O.N.A. convention.
|| RCNA Sponsored Coin Kids Junior table |
The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, in conjunction with the volunteers of the Ontario Numismatic Association, are pleased to invite you to visit the Junior Numismatists table located just outside the bourse room. Material is graciously donated by numismatic dealers, club members and the Royal Canadian Mint. Please parents, be reminded that this table is strictly for juniors. Let your young numismatists have fun, NO prompting!
|| Coin-Kids Auction |
The Coin Kids Auction has been a continuing success. Let's do it again this year!
Saturday, April 9 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) —
Coin-Kids Auction sponsored by R.C.N.A.
location: Michigan Room.
Remember, space is limited to the first 50 juniors to register for the auction.
Register early and avoid disappointment!
|| Junior Registration Kit |
Why not maximize your enjoyment of the convention by registering as a convention attendee. The Junior Registration Kit, containing many great items, is just $5.00!
You can't go wrong!
|| Interested in Exhibiting at the ONA? |
Please fill out and mail in the Exhibit Application form below.
For further information please contact our 2016 Exhibits Chairman, Colin Cutler, by email at this link.
|| 2016 Convention Committee Members |
|General Chairman||Robb McPherson|
|Master of Ceremonies||Scott Douglas, President SWCS |
|Guest Speaker||Walter Ostromecki Jr., ANA Past President|
|Daily Admissions||Peter Becker|
|Bourse Chairman||Ben Dettweiler|
|Registration Chairman||Peter Becker|
|Registration Kits||Peter Becker|
|Exhibit Chairman||Colin Cutler|
|Head Exhibits Judge||Paul Johnson|
|Exhibits Judges||Dick Dunn, Norm Belsten and Chris Boyer|
|Convention Souvenir Book||Henry Nienhuis|
|Advertising Chairperson||Lisa McPherson |
|Education Programing||Scott Douglas|