Royal Canadian Numismatic Association
|Purpose||promoting fellowship, communication, education, and providing advocacy and leadership for the hobby|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association was founded in 1950. It is a nonprofit association for coin collectors and other people interested in Canadian numismatics. It has members throughout Canada and in other countries. At times, it also works with the Canadian Association for Numismatic Education (CAFNE), an arms length organization, which is defined by the CRA as a Canadian educational and charitable organization. CAFNE provides funding for some of the RCNA's educational seminars and publications.
Within the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, founding member Jerome Remick suggested or initiated a number of significant changes. He recommended establishing a fellowship, encouraged the then CNA, now RCNA, to adopt a bilingual logo, and suggested creating the Young Numismatists Kit. In 1994, he established a literary award for best article in a club newsletter.
At the RCNA Annual Convention in Ottawa, ON from July 17–20, the membership ratified a name change to The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, and the royal grant of title awarded by HM Queen Elizabeth II in October 2007.
- Geoffrey G. Bell, F.C.N.A., F.C.N.R.S.
- Charles D. Moore, 2003–2007
- Michael Walsh, 2007–2009
- Daniel Gosling F.R.C.N.A., 2009–2011
- William Waychison F.R.C.N.A., F.C.N.R.S., F.O.N.A., 2011-2013
- Bret Evans, 2013-2015
The RCNA holds an annual convention in a different city each year. The convention includes educational seminars, both competitive and non-competitive educational display presentations, including a display by Canada's National Currency Museum ( a unit of the Bank of Canada), local tours, mint tours when available, specialty club meetings, luncheons, and an awards banquet. The convention also includes a major coin show, Canada's Money Collector Show, where within a bourse room, coin and money dealers buy and sell coins, and other numismatic items, with members and the public.
City and year of conventions
- Toronto, Ontario, 1954
- Ottawa, Ontario, 1955
- London, Ontario, 1956
- Hamilton, Ontario, 1957
- Ottawa, Ontario, 1958
- Regina, Saskatchewan, 1959
- Sherbrooke, Quebec, 1960
- Hamilton, Ontario, 1961
- Detroit, Michigan, 1962
- Vancouver, British Columbia, 1963
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1964
- Montreal, Quebec, 1965
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1966
- Ottawa, Ontario, 1967
- Calgary, Alberta, 1968
- Toronto, Ontario, 1969
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1970
- Vancouver, British Columbia, 1971
- Toronto, Ontario, 1972
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1973
- Hamilton, Ontario, 1974
- Calgary, Alberta, 1975
- Ottawa, Ontario, 1976
- Vancouver, British Columbia, 1977
- London, Ontario, 1978
- Edmonton, Alberta, 1979
- Montreal, Quebec, 1980
- Toronto, Ontario, 1981
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1982
- Moncton, New Brunswick, 1983
- Hamilton, Ontario, 1984
- Regina, Saskatchewan, 1985.
- Toronto, Ontario, 1986.
- Calgary, Alberta, 1987.
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 1988.
- Quebec City, Quebec, 1989.
- Vancouver, British Columbia, 1990.
- Toronto, Ontario, 1991.
- Montreal, Quebec, 1992.
- Moncton, New Brunswick, 1993.
- Hamilton, Ontario, 1994.
- Calgary, Alberta, 1995.
- Montreal, Quebec, 1996.
- Moncton, New Brunswick, 1997.
- Edmonton, Alberta, 1998.
- Kitchener, Ontario, 1999.
- Ottawa, Ontario, 2000.
- Quebec City, Quebec, 2001.
- Vancouver, British Columbia, 2002.
- Windsor, Ontario, 2003.
- Toronto, Ontario, 2004.
- Calgary, Alberta, 2005.
- Niagara Falls, Ontario, 2006.
- Niagara Falls, Ontario, 2007.
- Ottawa, Ontario, 2008.
- Edmonton, Alberta, 2009.
- Saint John, New Brunswick, 2010.
- Windsor, Ontario, 2011.
- Calgary, Alberta, 2012.
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2013.
- Toronto, Ontario, 2014.
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2015.
- Ottawa, Ontario, 2016.
Members receive a subscription to the Canadian Numismatic Journal as part of their membership. Other RCNA publications include:
- Canadian Coins 101, a home-study course,
- A Half Century of Advancement in Numismatics, a history of the CNA.
- Royal Canadian Numismatic Correspondence Course - Part 1
- Royal Canadian Numismatic Correspondence Course - Part 2
Members can borrow books and other materials from the CNA's library by mail.
Seminars and correspondence courses
The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association launched its first numismatic correspondence course in 1995. Coordinating Editor of this project was Paul Johnson, while the Core Committee consisted of Brian Cornwell, Scott Douglas, Dr. Marvin Kay, Paul Petch and John Regitko and with special mention of the work by Barry McIntyre. The financial support for this project was attributed to Albert Kasman, and NESA, a then available Canadian educational and charitable organization.
Since the release of the original correspondence course in 1995, demand led to the creation of a new course for collectors. In 2005, the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association launched its new correspondence course, known as the Royal Canadian Numismatic Correspondence Course - Part II. The course was also launched in grand style at the RCNA Convention in Calgary.
The Royal Canadian Numismatic Correspondence Course - Part II consists of seventeen chapters, 486 pages and hundreds of photos. The authors were chosen from the R.C.N.A. membership for their numismatic expertise of the subject covered. The chapters include the following:
Registrants who successfully complete either course I, or II, will receive a specially engraved "Certificate of Completion". Pricing for both courses is $90.00 each for R.C.N.A. members, and $132.00 for non-R.C.N.A. members [prices subject to change]. Payment is in Canadian dollars for Canadian residents and in US dollars for US residents. Others should contact the R.C.N.A.
|1||Canadian History and Numismatics||Wayne Jacobs|
|2||Buying and Selling Numismatic Material||Michael Walsh|
|3||Grading Canadian Coinage||Brian Cornwell|
|4||The Benefits of Organized Numismatics||Chris Boyer|
|5||A History of Decimal Coinage in Canada||Paul S. Berry|
|6||The Token - Canada's Original Currency||Scott E. Douglas|
|7||Canadian Paper Money for Advanced Collectors||Robert J. Graham|
|8||Canadian Tire "Money" as a Numismatic Collectable||Roger A. Fox|
|9||Canadian Commemorative and Historical Medals & Art Medals||Ronald A. Greene and
|10||Exonumia and Related Items||Marvin Kay, MD|
|11||Canadian Municipal Trade Tokens||Serge Pelletier|
|12||The History and Collecting of Canadian Wooden Money||Norm Belsten|
|13||Ancient and Medieval Coins of the Western World||Bruce R. Brace|
|14||Computer Literacy and Its Use in Numismatics||Bret Evans|
|15||An Overview of Canadian Numismatic Literature||Daniel W. Gosling|
|16||The Benefits of Research In Numismatics||Chris Faulkner|
|17||Developing Your Writing Skills and Using Illustrations In Numismatic Publications||Peter N. Moogk, Ph. D.|
The RCNA also offers educational seminars at its annual convention, and each fall of the year, a workshop on grading Canadian coins and coin and paper money preservation.
In 1990, the Executive Committee of the C.N.A established a member service award: Fellow – Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. The criteria for this award is that a member of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association must have performed a worthy service judged to be of a direct benefit to the association. Nominations are made by members, and the recipients are decided by The Awards and Medals Committee. The committee proceeds by presenting its choices, up to 5 each year, at the annual convention. Fellows in the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association are authorized the use of the letters, F.R.C.N.A. to follow their name. The first awards were made at the 1991 C.N.A. Convention in Toronto, Ontario.
Members awarded F.R.C.N.A. 1991 to date:
|1997||Al V. Munro|
|2005||R. Brian Cornwell|
|2007||William 'Bill' Kamb|
|2007||Michael 'Stan' Turrini|
|2010||William K. Cross|
|2013||Serge Pelletier |
The RCNA Annual Convention bestows a number of awards. The list of awards is as follows:
- Best of Show Award - best exhibit, judged by a panel of volunteers assembled by Tim Henderson, Chairman R.C.N.A. Awards & Medals Committee.
- "Fellow of the R.C.N.A." Award - see above
- Guy Potter Literary Award - the original R.C.N.A. Literary Award was renamed in 1978 to honour the memory of Guy R.L. Potter, one of the founders of the Canadian Numismatic Association.
- J. Douglas Ferguson Award - presented to the living numismatist who has made the greatest contribution during the year to the advancement of numismatics in Canada by research, writing, publishing, or other means
- Jean Bullen Award - established in 2004 as an annual presentation for the best exhibit of Canadian coins displayed by a member at the R.C.N.A. Convention
- Jerome H. Remick III Literary Award - at the bequest of Jerome Remick, it is given annually to the author of the best numismatic article published in a local Canadian coin club newsletter during the previous calendar year
Jerome H Remick III Literary Award Winners
|1995||Jean Luc Giroux||1996||Montreal|
|1996||Jean Luc Giroux||1997||Moncton|
|2000||David Bergeron||2001||Québec City|
|2005||Pierre Bouchard||2006||Niagara Falls|
|2006||Tolling Jennings||2007||Niagara Falls|
|2009||Robert J. Graham||2010||Saint John|
|2012||David Bergeron ||2013||Winnipeg|
- Louise Graham Memorial Club of the Year Award - offered annually to R.C.N.A. member clubs entering a competition to acknowledge the club having made the most significant overall achievement on behalf of its members and of the hobby
Louise Graham Memorial Club of the Year Award Winners
|1986||Calgary Numismatic Society||1987||Calgary|
|1987||Regina Coin Club||1988||Charlottetown|
|1988||Regina Coin Club||1989||Quebec City|
|1989||Le Club de Numismates du Bas St. Laurent (Rimouski, Québec)||1990||Vancouver|
|1990||Calgary Numismatic Society||1991||Toronto|
|1991||L'Association des Collectionneurs de Monnaies des Laurentides (St-Jerome, Quebec)||1992||Montreal|
|1992||Calgary Numismatic Society||1993||Moncton|
|1993||Calgary Numismatic Society||1994||Hamilton|
|1994||Edmonton Coin Club||1995||Calgary|
|1995||Taylor Evans Coin Society (Guelph, Ontario)||1996||Montreal|
|1996||Waterloo Coin Society||1997||Moncton|
|1997||Edmonton Numismatic Society||1998||Edmonton|
|1998||Edmonton Numismatic Society||1999||Kitchener|
|2000||Calgary Numismatic Society||2001||Québec City|
|2002||Edmonton Numismatic Society||2003||Windsor|
|2003||Windsor Coin Club||2004||Toronto|
|2004||Le Club de Numismates du Bas St-Laurent (Rimouski, Québec)||2005||Calgary|
|2005||Calgary Numismatic Society||2006||Niagara Falls|
|2006||Calgary Numismatic Society||2007||Niagara Falls|
|2007||Regina Coin Club||2008||Ottawa|
|2008||City of Ottawa Coin Club||2009||Edmonton|
|2009||Waterloo Coin Society||2010||Saint John|
|2010||Calgary Numismatic Society||2011||Windsor|
|2011||Windsor Coin Club||2012||Calgary|
|2012||Windsor Coin Club ||2013||Winnipeg|
- Paul Fiocca Award The Paul Fiocca Award is the highest distinction presented by The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, and the second highest award in Canadian Numismatics. The award is named after the former publisher of Canadian Coin News, Paul Fiocca. It is presented annually for “Long term meritorious service or major contributions to the RCNA” and is an award not just to recognize the elite of the hobby, but any individual who may have worked behind the scenes, often for many decades, for the betterment of the Association.
This award is strictly an RCNA award for RCNA members, and is not to be confused with the J. Douglas Ferguson award, the highest award in Canadian numismatics, which does not require membership in the RCNA.
Paul Fiocca was publisher of Canadian Coin News from 1989 until his retirement, remaining a supporter of Canadian numismatics and giving freely of his own time and expertise. He served as editor of The CN Journal for a number of years, and was serving the RCNA in that capacity at the time of his death in 2007. The award that bears his name is funded by donations from Trajan Publishing Corporation and others that were his friends.
The President of the Association presents the Paul Fiocca Award at each year’s annual RCNA convention to a Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) member.
The first recipient is James E. Charlton, one of Canada's most distinguished numismatists. The announcement was made July 19 during the annual awards banquet of The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association and the actual presentation was made several days later in Grimsby, Ontario. Mr. Charlton, the current honorary president of the RCNA, is often referred to as the dean of Canadian numismatics, or the father of modern numismatics in Canada. Charlton is best known for his Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins. While the Certificate of Award could have listed Mr. Charlton’s significant contributions to the Association, it reads simply “For Long Term, Meritorious Service to the R.C.N.A.”  The criteria for the award is for long-term, meritorious service or major contributions to the RCNA.
Paul Fiocca Award Winners
|2008||James E. Charlton||Grimsby ON|
|2009||Geoffrey G. Bell||Shediac NB|
|2010||Tim G. Henderson||Florenceville NB|
|2011||Dr. Marvin Kay||North York ON|
|2012||Ronald Greene||Victoria BC|
|2013||Norman Williams ||Vancouver BC|
- President’s Awards - The President has the right to recognize supporters, whether individuals or corporations, for outstanding support of the Association.
- "Jerry Remick: 1928-2005", p.14, Canadian Coin News, Volume 42, Number 25, April 5 to 18, 2005, Trajan Publishing
- Canadian Coin News, August 19 to September 1, 2008, p.1, "CNA becomes Royal" by Mario Cywinski
- R.C.N.A. | Royal Canadian Numismatic Correspondence Course - Part II
- C.N.A. | Fellow of the R.C.N.A. Award
- Canadian Coin News, August 19 to September 1, 2008, p.26, “Award galore at RCNA’s annual banquet” by Bret Evans
- Canadian Numismatic Journal, September 2013, Vol 58 No 7, p 393, “2013 Literary and Special Awards”
- Canadian Coin News, August 19 to September 1, 2008, p.26, "Fiocca award winner announced" by Bret Evans
- Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Official site.
- Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Official site.