The purpose of the Waterloo Coin Society (WCS), which was founded in 1959, is to encourage and promote the collection and study of coins, tokens, paper money, medals, badges, trade money, and other currency related collectibles; to cultivate fraternal relations among collectors; to encourage and assist new collectors, with special consideration to Junior Members; and to acquire and dispense numismatic knowledge.
The WCS is based in the heart of southwestern Ontario and meets year-round on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) usually wrapping up around 9:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and we encourage guests and visitors to attend. Hope to see you soon!
You will find us at the Kitchener Lions Community Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Road, (off Block Line Road between Strasburg Road and Westmount Road East), Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 2M9, Canada.
Our July meeting is being held on Zoom and details are in the July issue of the Waterloo Coin Society Newsletter or by contacting the club. Beginning with the August meeting, we are returning to in-person meetings which will be held at our new venue, the Kitchener Lions Community Arena as mentioned above. Again, more details are in the newsletter. See you there!
Cambridge Coin Show
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Our Affiliations and Commitment to Numismatics
The Waterloo Coin Society is a long time member of the Ontario Numismatic Association, and Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. We are also in association with the Ontario Chapter of the International Bank Note Society. Our members come from all walks of life with varied interests and knowledge levels. Many are involved in local area coin clubs and other numismatic organizations. We have built a solid foundation and reputation as one of the most active clubs in Ontario over the past 63 years. Our primary focus is enjoyment of the hobby through education, fun and fellowship. Each two hour monthly membership meeting consists of a guest speaker or multimedia presentation, member dealer tables, a 50 lot auction, door prize draws, refreshments and much more.
Membership Benefits and Application
There are many advantages to becoming a member of W.C.S. such as the privilege of consigning numismatic items to, and bidding in, our monthly auctions, a digital newsletter, bulk discounts on coin certification and much more. Membership application forms are available at all regular meetings and annual promo days.
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Special rates are available for spouses of regular members and those under 18. New members are welcome to join at any time of the year and we encourage visitors to attend and see what we have to offer them before signing up.
W.C.S. Promotional Flyer
Members are encouraged to do their part in promoting the club by downloading and printing off a few flyers and posting them in various places (with permission of course) where they would attract potential new members. While primarily handed out during our yearly Promo Day at Conestoga Mall in Waterloo, they can also be found on the hobby clubs and upcoming shows tables in and around the local area.
The Vital Role A Member Plays
Written by Peter Becker
The Waterloo Coin Society prides itself on the many active members in the numismatic community who make up our membership. Everyone has different goals and reasons for joining and each valued member has the freedom to choose the level of involvement best suited to their needs and lifestyle.
Below are a few suggestions on how to get the most enjoyment out of the hobby and benefit from being a member. We hope that you will consider one or more of them and we appreciate any assistance to ensure a healthy, thriving and growing club with fun and exciting meetings and activities.
We rely primarily on our members for financial support and do not receive any outside funding. Membership dues cover only a portion of the operating costs. Room rental, liability insurance, attendance draws, refreshments, guest speakers, A/V equipment, website maintenance, promotional discounts, advertising and special events are just some of the many expenses that we deal with on an annual basis.
For these reasons, we host our own coin show whenever possible. At each in-person meeting we encourage our members to purchase draw prize tickets and contribute to the refreshment counter. Some members choose to generously make monetary donations or donate items in our auctions. We do not solicit additional funding or ask any more of our members than their annual dues. Our executive team works diligently to keep operating expenses down while providing top notch meetings and a wide array of attractive benefits far exceeding the cost of membership.
Each of us has a role to play in the growth and success of the W.C.S. One of the simplest ways to do that is to invite friends and other collectors to attend our meetings. We actively promote the society and numismatics by way of our shows, mall promo days and advertising both in print and online. One of the biggest challenges we face is attracting younger members who are more comfortable with computers than in a social setting. We can make a positive impact by sharing our enthusiasm of coins, banknotes, tokens or medals with others. Whether it is the artistry, design, history, rarity or theme, there are endless reasons why people collect coins that we can speak directly to.
W.C.S. is dependent on the talents and dedication of its members. Everyone is encouraged to volunteer their time to serve on the executive, take on various duties or tasks and share their collecting interests/knowledge with those in attendance during the educational segment. By preparing a 20-45 minute presentation for one of our monthly meetings, we all benefit and expand our knowledge of numismatics. Another great way for members to share their knowledge is by writing articles for the newsletter. Whether the articles are long or short, the writer generally learns more as they research the topic and the rest of us learn more about the topic being presented. Occasionally, interest in a lesser-explored area of collecting is expanded upon and new collectors are added as a result. You may find others in our group with more knowledge on a topic of study who are willing to offer valuable advice and even help you reach some of your goals. Think about where you could fit in and what role you want to play. Your talents and input will never go to waste! Strong leadership and a vision for the future combined with the support and loyalty from our members makes the workload much lighter. Membership is much more than just renewing your dues!
Simply hoarding coins with no specific goal in mind will make it difficult to maintain interest in whatever you have chosen to collect. Fortunately, there is a great deal of information available thanks to dedicated collectors who have done a lot of research and study on the subject. Learn as much as you can through reputable coin dealers, correspondence courses and various books, magazines such as Charlton Coin Guides, Canadian Coin News and award-winning articles written by other collectors. In the long run it will turn out to be one of the wisest investments you have made!
Now that we have piqued your interest and provided a few tips to get the most out of the hobby, the decision on how to proceed is yours. Giving back a little something to that which has opened the doors to a whole new world of excitement is a common response. The contributions you make and influence you have on those around may help shape the future of the hobby for the next generation. The question remains, what vital role will you be playing?