Welcome to the 55th annual O.N.A. Convention page.
The 2017 convention was hosted by the Ontario
|| Ontario Numismatic Association 55th Annual Convention - 2017 |
The 2017 convention was held at the Kitchener Holiday Inn,
April 21-23, 2017.
The Early-Bird prize draw took place at the Cambridge Coin Show on March 18, 2017. The draw was conducted by Kirk Parsons (Colonial Acres Coins) in conjunction with the ONA Convention Committee. The winner of the "$50 Polar Bear" draw prize is Richard McLean.
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General / Hotel Booking Information
Please Join Us:
Friday April 21, 2017 through Sunday, April 23, 2017
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
Please remember to place your reservation by telephone at 1-519-893-1211 to book directly with the Kitchener location; mention the ONA Convention to receive the special rate.
The following individuals listed below will be available to answer questions related to their specific function that you may have. Please do not contact the hotel staff unless it is regarding your room booking.
In order to minimize disruption and speed response time we kindly ask that you first familiarize yourself with the information listed on the Convention pages as it becomes available.
For a list of additional committee members please click on the Convention Committee tab.
Convention General Chairman - Robb McPherson- ph: (519) 577-7206;
Registration Chairman - Lisa McPherson & Steve Woodland-
Bourse Chairman – Ben Dettweiler- ph: (519) 743-3592;
Convention Treasurer – Scott Douglas- ph: (519) 853-3812;
2017 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 April 9, 2017 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.
| 2017 55th Annual Convention Medal |
Our 55th convention medal design was chosen by the convention committee from a design submitted by ONA member Judy Blackman.
The medal features the Berlin & Waterloo Street Railway Car #10.
Car 10 was received from the Ottawa Car Co. on March 23, 1906. This double trucked, double ended 38 foot 6 inch car was of wood construction and seated 40. The car cost $6,400 CAD and entered service on April 17. It is shown here on King Street (Berlin, later Kitchener) at what was then Foundry, later Ontario Street.
For further details follow the link here
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 22 —
6:30pm – 7:00pm — Pre-Banquet Reception
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Annual Banquet
11:00pm – 12:00am — President's Reception
Master of Ceremonies - This year's banquet Master of Ceremonies is Rick Dupuis.
Banquet Speaker - Our Banquet speaker this year is Scott M. Hopkins.
Program of Events
|| Education Symposium |
Our Education Chairman, Scott Douglas, is pleased to announce our Friday, April 21, afternoon Education Symposium!
"The Ontario Numismatic Association is proud to present three of Ontario’s premier numismatists participating in the Educational Symposium on Friday, April 21st at our 2017 convention in Kitchener," said Scott, "It is my hope that everyone will attend what is sure to be an informative look at our world of numismatics. Always remember 'Knowledge Is Power'"
You are invited to attend all Education Symposiums free of charge, everyone is welcome.
Just For Juniors
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|| Bourse Information |
Bourse and Display
floor open to the Public!
Saturday and Sunday, April 22–23 — 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 Ontario Numismatic Association, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian 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, Absolutely NO coaching or prompting! The material is available at "special" pricing to to make the hobby affordable for young numismatists.
|| Coin-Kids Auction |
The RCNA Coin Kids Auction has been a continuing success. Let's do it again this year!
Saturday, April 22 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) —
Coin-Kids Auction sponsored by the RCNA
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 2017 Exhibits Chairman, Colin Cutler, by email at this link.
|| 2016 Convention Committee Members |
|General Chairman||Robb McPherson|
|Guest Speaker||Scott M. Hopkins|
|Daily Admissions||Lisa McPherson & Steve Woodland|
|Bourse Chairman||Ben Dettweiler|
|Registration Chairman||Lisa McPherson & Steve Woodland|
|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|