Calgary Numismatic members know us as leaders in promoting the hobby of collecting coins, medals, and paper money to enthusiasts in the city and surrounding areas. The society as it exists today has grown and evolved over sixty years, attracting new members, and finding new ways to connect with its members. One of the ways we love to do this is to host interesting events to bring leading numismatic experts to share their knowledge, help you learn more about the study of numismatics, and about your own collections. The Calgary Numismatic Society is pleased to host the 2019 Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Educational Symposium at the 2019 Calgary RCNA Convention. This year’s Educational Symposium will cover two days, bringing you eight leading numismatists to offer their expertise and insight on a wide range of topics: Marina Fischer, Sean Sinclair, Eric Jensen, Stan Clute, Michael Souza, Lisa Dare, Barrie Renwick, and past Calgary Numismatic Society president Neil Probert.
Thursday, July 18, 2018
3:00 p.m. –Barrie Renwick, FCNRS: R.Tait McKenzie, his life and his art
Barrie Renwick has been fascinated with coins and medals since he was a child. He was given a Geo. V Jubilee silver dollar in around 1935 for his collection, which at that time was a shinplaster, two large cents, and a $5-gold coin. Money was scarce during the time of the Depression, and he remembers a gold coin given as a medal being deposited in the bank as the dollar was more valuable than keeping it for show. As a student, his numismatic interest was foreign coins, which he was able to source from relatives, military members, and occasionally his parents helping out with purchases of grab bag assortments. As a young adult, he joined a coin club and served in office.
His collecting interests began to gravitate from coins to art plaques and medals. In his retirement years, now a Fellow of RCNA and CNRS, Barrie began writing, mostly about items he had collected. From there he began writing about interesting items from museums and reviewing numismatic books. His writings regularly appear in The CN Journal, and now, no longer an active collector, he works to assist in preparing material for print for them. He has also presented at education sessions of two previous conventions.
4:00 p.m. –Neil Probert, FCNRS: Organized Numismatics in Calgary
Most of you know past Calgary Numismatic Society President Neil Probert, who will also be speaking at the RCNA Educational Symposium. Neil was born in Calgary and has been a collector and a member of both the Calgary Numismatic Society (CNS) and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) since 1972. He collects Canadian and specific world coins, Canadian wooden money, and collectibles issued by coin clubs. He has been the editor of the Calgary Numismatic Society’s monthly Bulletin since 1977 and has won a number ofawards for it from both the RCNA and the ANA (American Numismatic Association). The Calgary Numismatic Society awarded Neil the Donald D. Paterson Award in 1980 and an Honorary Life Membership in 1996.
Neil co-authored the book: History of the Calgary Numismatic Society in 2000 as part of the club’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. He has also helped design a number of important medals in the club’s history and has been a speaker at a number of conventions.
Check out our earlier RCNA Educational Symposium speaker announcement on Michael Souza and Lisa Dare. Be sure to get your tickets to the 2019 Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) Educational Symposium at the 2019 RCNA Convention!
Event and booking details
2019 Calgary RCNA Convention - July 16, 2019, to July 20, 2019
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza & Conference Centre
1316 -33 Street NE