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 South Western 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 9:30pm. Meetings are open to the public and we encourage guests and visitors to attend. You will find us at the Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Center, 510 Dutton Drive (off Weber Street North between Albert Street and Parkside Drive), Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 4C6, Canada. Hope to see you soon!
Our Affiliations and Commitment to Numismatics
The Waterloo Coin Society is a long time member of the Ontario Numismatic Association, Royal Canadian Numismatic Association and in recent years joined the Central States Numismatic Association. 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 55 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 WCS such as the privilege of consigning numismatic items to 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. Download the application while you’re here, fill it out and take it with you to the next meeting or mail it in to our P.O. Box with your payment. Membership Application Forms. 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. Send your membership questions by email to Lisa Spinks.
WCS 2014 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 - May 2007
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 a few of them and appreciate any help you can give us to make this a healthy, thriving and growing club with our meetings a fun and exciting place to be.
We depend entirely on our members for support financially and through active participation. Membership dues cover only a portion of the operating costs of running this club. Room rental, postage & printing, liability insurance, membership and attendance draws, refreshments, guest speakers, A/V equipment and special events are only some of the many necessary expenses that we are faced with. Adopting new technologies where feasible has in some instances helped to reduce costs. Case in point is our monthly newsletter sent electronically to over 80% of the membership which is now offered exclusively in digital format to new members.
For these reasons, whenever possible we host our own coin show or assist with the occasional ONA or RCNA Convention. At each meeting we encourage our members to purchase special draw tickets and contribute to the refreshment counter. Some members choose to generously make monetary donations or donate items in our auctions with the proceeds going to the club. Voluntary donations towards a coffee and snacks helps to cover most of the refreshment expenses. We do not solicit additional funding or ask any more of our members than their annual dues. Our executive team works hard to keep operating expenses down and is grateful for the success of past shows that have kept us afloat and allow us to provide you with top notch meetings.
Each of us has a role to play in the growth and success of WCS. One of the simplest ways to do that is to invite friends and other coin collectors to join our meetings. We are always looking for ways to promote WCS and the hobby through our shows, mall promo days and local advertising. Some of our members have started up coin clubs in their schools or designed courses specifically geared to the beginner collector and young numismatist. In this day and age of the internet, computer games and various other distractions, it is difficult to find the time to devote to a fascinating hobby such as this. Numismatics doesn't seem to have the attraction to the younger crowd it did more than a generation ago. We can affect that by sharing our enthusiasm of coins with others. Whether it's the artistry, design, rarity, theme, metal composition or historic value, there are endless reasons why people collect coins that we can speak directly to. More often than not, friends will ask you for help in evaluating their coins take an interest in your hobby or have questions on collecting. You can do your part by sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge of the hobby or simply direct them to someone you know who does.
WCS is dependant on the talents and dedication of its members and 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 20-30 minute presentation and sharing it at one of the monthly meetings we all benefit and expand our knowledge of numismatics. Occasionally interest in a little known area of collecting is expanded and new collectors are therefore added. You may find others in the group with more knowledge on a topic of study willing to share with you and help you reach some of your goals. Not everyone is comfortable speaking, but the time and effort you put into a presentation is well worth it! Volunteering to become a director or take on various positions is an area where you can really serve our members and shape our club. 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 direction combined with the support and dedication from our members makes the workload much lighter. Membership is more than just paying your dues.
Simply collecting coins for the sake of collecting with no goal in mind will make it difficult to maintain interest in whatever you've 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. Try to learn as much as you can through reputable coin dealers and various books and magazines such as Charlton Coin Guides, Canadian Coin News and articles written by other collectors.