North Shore Numismatic Society
We are a non-profit society working for the advancement of numismatica at all levels. Membership is open to everyone.
Our Club meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Bonsor Recreation Centre, Burnaby, in Multipurpose Room #2. Doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm. Free Parking.
Our President is Mike Souza
Please do write to Mike with any enquiry firstname.lastname@example.org
A Brief History
In December 1972, a group of people interested in organizing a coin club for the North Shore of Vancouver held a formative meeting at the North Vancouver Recreation Centre. The man responsible for setting up the meeting was Jack Brewer, who contacted all the interested parties. Attending the meeting were Mr. and Mrs. Brewer, Mr. And Mrs. G. Lazeo, Janet Levine, John Loven, Don Mitchell, Al Partington, Jeremy Day and Ray Mah. An action committee was formed to get the club started and Jeremy Day was appointed President, Ray Mah- Vice President and John Loven- Secretary Treasurer.
Soon regular meeting were being held at the Legion Hall on the second Thursday of each month. Club membership and attendance grew rapidly as collectors started to respond to the new club. In the meantime, the executive learned that a previous north Shore Numismatic Society did in fact still exist although it was inactive at this time. The executive was able to obtain the constitution and the membership roster of the former club by following the constitution and by the past members with the new. The previous members would keep to keep their original membership numbers while the new members would start with the base number of 200.
From this favorable start, the NSNS published a monthly information sheet and held a formal election. The meetings were moved from the legion to the North Shore Neighborhood House, and in order to obtain continuity of meeting nights with other Vancouver area coin clubs, the NSNS moved it’s meetings to the third Thursday of each month which it continues to do. The club continued to meet at the Neighborhood House until September 1974. At this time an expanded membership made it necessary to move to a larger hall, the St, Andrews United Church Annex.
During 1974, plans were launched for the club to hold a coin show in the fall of 1975. A great number of club members volunteered their time and effort to present their first group project.
On October 25 th and 26 th, 1975 during a two day rainstorm and in a hall that had never held a coin show before- the St. Edmunds Church Hall Annex, the club managed to pull off it’s first of many successful coin shows.
The momentum of that first show was a steppingstone to furthering the clubs recognition in the collecting community.
The facilities of the St. Edmunds Hall proved to be extremely suitable and as a result, the club meetings and the annual coin show remained there until 1983.
In 1976 a design completion was held for a club medallion. The winning design chosen from the many submitted was based on an old Indian legend about the North Shore Lions, submitted by Dennis Vance. Although the design was selected in 1976, the club had to wait until 1986 to produce this piece with a reverse design. This was the beginning of the “Kindred Spirit” series of medallions.
In 1978 the NSNS went on to host the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association’s 33 annual show. The first and only time that it was held in Canada. The show was held at the Coach House Inn in North Vancouver. This was definitely the numismatic event of the year. Proving once again the unrestrained boundaries of our hobby, as dealers and collectors from both sided of the border unified in North Vancouver BC for a once in a lifetime coin show.
In 1990 the North Shore Numismatic Society hosted the Canadian Numismatic Association’s national convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. The club helped celebrate the C.N.A’s 40 th Anniversary with a convention medal, “Hyatt Regency 40 Years C.N.A”.
Entering it’s second millenium the North Shore Numismatic Society and it’s sister club, the Vancouver Numismatic Society co-sponsored the 2002 C.N.A convention at the Renaissance Hotel in Vancouver.
In 2004 because of rising hall rental cost the club decided to move it’s annual coin show from the North Vancouver Recreation Centre to the Oakridge Mall Auditorium. Due to the shows success at the new location the auditorium will be the site of the 2005 and future shows.
This year- 2005, In an ongoing effort to make the club’s meetings most interesting and to offer a wider variety of programs to the members, the club had a cabinet built to contain the clubs library and the recently purchased audio visual equipment.
The North Shore Numismatic Society continues to be an active force in the coin collecting world, with a goal to promote the interest and enjoyment of the world’s oldest hobby.
2015 update: 10 years later and we're still going strong! Our President is Mike Souza.
The Ray Mah Friendship Medal
A lifelong friend to numismatics, Ray took great pleasure in sharing his love of the hobby with fellow collectors of all ages. A co-founder of the rebirth of the North Shore Numismatic Society in North Vancouver BC in the 1970’s, an active member in local, national and international clubs and a former regional director of the Canadian Numismatic Association. Ray was tireless in his pursuit of new ideas and a helping hand to enrich the hobby he loved. To first time acquaintances or old friends at a coin show or other numismatic events, Ray’s opening line was always
“ How’s your collection doing?”
W hen looking for that little something to break the ice at your next coin gathering try it “ How’s your collection doing?” These few words worked magic for Ray and opened the doors to lifetime of great friendships. It may do the same for you.
Designed by; Norman Williams and The North Shore Numismatic Society
Mintage; 253 (1 Gold presentation piece) (2 Silver presentation pieces) (250 Antique Bronze)
Minted by; Pressed Metal Products Vancouver BC.
This medal was made possible by donations from Ray’s friends
Sponsored by; The North Shore Numismatic Society