Waterloo Coin Society
Proudly serving collectors in the Region of Waterloo and surrounding areas since 1959!


Second Tuesday; Social Hour @ 6:30; Meeting Starts @ 7:30

Informal Coffee House on Zoom Fourth Wednesdays @ 7:00

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Club History and Activities

In addition to conducting our fun, friendly and educational monthly membership meetings, the Waterloo Coin Society (W.C.S.) is quite active in the numismatic community having hosted eight major coin conventions over its first 60 years.

Although the glory days of numismatics (1950's and 60's) are long gone, the club continues to hold promotional events at local area shopping malls offering free advice and answering many of the common questions collectors and non-collectors have. We are a passionate and friendly group who really enjoy the rich history behind coinage and banknotes, medals and tokens.

In recent years we have enhanced our meeting experience by embracing technology, conducting two 100-lot auctions annually and expanding our online presence. Like many clubs that have made it through the first decade of the 21st century, we have updated our Constitution and Bylaws and offer our newsletter exclusively in digital format to new members. Our specialty themed meetings such the August Peaches n' Cream Ice Cream social and December Christmas celebration are always well received and attended.

Continuing on the 22 year tradition and legacy of the Cambridge Coin Club, we began hosting the Cambridge Coin Show in 2014. Support of this popular spring event and those mentioned above will help to grow our membership, promote and introduce new collectors to the hobby and serve residents of all ages across Waterloo region.

Upcoming and Recent Events

Doors Open Waterloo Region - Sat. Sep. 21, 2024

This annual program, operated in partnership with the Region of Waterloo and Doors Open Ontario, gives the public free access to explore heritage properties including buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that are not generally able to be accessed. This year, in a first for Waterloo Coin Society, we will be participating. We will be located on the first floor of the Perimeter Institute for Theorhetical Physics in Waterloo where we will be promoting our club and showcasing numismatics. Come see displays of club-issued collectibles as well as coins, currency and more assembled by our members. Enter your name to win a coin set or free membership! Talk with members of the club about any aspect of coin and currency collecting. Available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 31 Caroline St. N. in Waterloo. Free admission, with limited free parking available on site. Within close walking distance of Waterloo Public Square and Willis Way ION stations. For more information visit Doors Open Waterloo Region.

Special Auction Night - Tue. Jun. 18, 2024

Following on the success of our first 120-lot auction event in November 2023, we are set to do it again in June. In addition to a broad array of premium numismatic items up for auction, there will be light refreshments and an excellent selection of door prizes. This event is in addition to our regular June meeting. Other usual meeting activities will not be conducted at this event. Minimum estimated value per lot: $20. Buyers can pre-register to pay by eTransfer with the Treasurer. This event will be held at our usual meeting location at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

65th Anniversary Celebration Meeting - Tue. Mar. 12, 2024

Be sure to attend our March meeting as we officially celebrate the club's 65th Anniversary! We will have a special guest speaker, multiple guests from the community in attendance and a few other features that are still being worked on. Don't miss it!

2024 Cambridge Coin Show - Sat. March 9, 2024

The show times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arrive early for the best selection. Click here for more details!

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Cambridge Centre Mall Promo Day - Sat. March 2, 2024

Join us indoors at the north end of the Cambridge Centre Mall to learn more about numismatics, our club and see a wide variety of coins, banknotes and other numismatic collectibles! Discounted membership rates will be offered for all who wish to join the Waterloo Coin Society at this event.

Special Auction Night - Tue. Nov. 28, 2023

We held a special auction event consisting of 120 lots of premium numismatic items. Guests were treated to an excellent selection of door prizes and light refreshments. This event is in addition to our regular monthly meetings. Usual activities such as announcements, a guest speaker and our other monthly draws were not conducted, leaving more time for our extra-large auction. Minimum estimated value per lot: $20. Buyers were able to pre-register to pay for purchases using Interac eTransfer, with about half of the total value of sold lots paid for in this way. The event was held at our usual meeting location at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

Kitchener Collectibles Expo Promo Day - Sun. Oct. 1, 2023

The Waterloo Coin Society was invited to have a table to promote itself and numismatics in general at the Kitchener Collectibles Expo held at Bingemans. We talked to tons of show attendees, handed out numerous cards and even signed up four new members! We look forward to returning to future shows to continue our outreach and promotional activities.

2023 Cambridge Coin Show - Sat. March 11, 2023

Our first show since 2019 was a great success with approximately 400 people coming through the doors. Dealers around the room were kept busy all day and enjoyed returning to this great show.

Kitchener Market Promo Day - Sat. Feb. 25, 2023

We returned to the Kitchener Market for the third time to promote the hobby and the Waterloo Coin Society. Members of the public stopped in to ask questions, share tales of coins passed down from grandparents and enjoy the chocolate toonies we offered. Kids also got to pick some free world coins from the bin available. We'll be back later in the year.

Special Announcement Meeting and Guest Speaker - Tue. Jan. 10, 2023

Our first meeting of 2023 was a good one! We kicked things off with a big announcement about a special project that Waterloo Coin Society has been working on throughout 2022: Souvenir Treasury Notes! All paid-up W.C.S. members also received a FREE specimen set of notes. As part of the event, we were joined by special guests Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Centre, Mike Morrice and David Bergeron, Curator of the National Currency Collection at the Bank of Canada Museum in Ottawa! David received a donation of Souvenir Treasury Notes from the Waterloo Coin Society and proceeded to be our guest speaker for the evening, talking about the history of the National Currency Collection, some of the famous personalities involved in its development and he showed a number of the treasures from the collection.

Kitchener Market Promo Day - Sat. Oct. 1, 2022

Kitchener Market, 2022

Several club members staffed a table at the Kitchener Market where we promoted the club and the hobby. This is our second visit to the market. We spoke to numerous members of the public, gave out a pile of foreign coins to the kids and showed people how to protect coins in 2x2s. We look forward to coming back in 2023.

First In-Person Meeting Post-COVID - New Location! - August 9, 2022

At long last, we are resuming in-person meetings as of August 9, 2022 and we're now meeting at a new location! Join us starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Kitchener Lions Community Arena at 20 Rittenhouse Road. We've got some surprises lined up for most of our meetings for the remainder of the year, so you don't want to miss out!

W.C.S. Coffee House - R.C.N.A. Convention Special Edition - July 18, 2022

To kick off the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association's 2022 annual convention, Waterloo Coin Society is hosting a special Convention Edition of its popular Coffee House event on Monday July 18 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Join us on Zoom for some social time before the rest of the convention gets underway in Ottawa. This is a virtual event and is open to everyone. Contact us for Zoom details.

2022 Cambridge Coin Show - Sat. March 12, 2022

This show has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Cambridge Coin Show - March 13, 2021

This show has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First W.C.S. Coffee House - December 23, 2020

Responding to an overwhelming desire from members and guests for more social time, we held our first W.C.S. Coffee House event on Zoom. This event is a great opportunity for members and guests to socialize with each other, catch up on recent events and enjoy a relaxing time with friends. There is no agenda or club business held at these events.

First Club Meeting on Zoom - November 10, 2020

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, in-person meetings are suspended. With the assistance of the R.C.N.A. who is offering the use of their Zoom account, we are now holding monthly membership meetings online on Zoom. This was our first one and saw over 30 members and guests in attendance.

2020 Cambridge Coin Show - March 21, 2020

This show has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club Promo Day at the Kitchener Market - Sat. February 29, 2020

We took advantage of a new opportunity for community outreach and set up a table at the Kitchener Market to promote the Waterloo Coin Society. Like with other promo days, our goal was to share our knowledge and collecting experience with curious onlookers.

Club Meeting - December 10, 2019

Our Christmas theme meeting will include holiday treats, a Secret Santa gift exchange, as well as our regular meeting items.

Club Meeting - September 10, 2019

100 lot auction night.

Club Meeting - Aug 13, 2019

Our annual Peaches & Ice cream Social that includes regular meeting activies.

Club Picnic - July 13, 2019

Club Picnic, July 2019

60th Anniversary Meeting - Tues. March 12, 2019

60th Anniversary Meeting

Sixty years ago, the Waterloo Coin Society held its first meeting. Now in 2019, we are still going strong. Join us for a special anniversary meeting with VIP guests, presentations, a cake cutting, a special guest speaker, and our usual draws and 50-lot auction. Thank you to all those who attended our special anniversary meeting and celebrated with us. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did and will come and visit us again.

Read our press release, the article in Canadian Coin News (Apr 16), article in Canadian Coin News (Apr 30) and the ONA Numismatist.

28th Annual Cambridge Coin Show - Sat. March 9, 2019

One of the best supported pre-spring club sponsored coin shows in Ontario, the Cambridge Coin Show featured 52 tables of dealers offering Canadian and foreign coins, paper money, jewelery, tokens, trade dollars, gold, silver and even Canadian Tire Money.

The show was held at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club, 1500 Dunbar Road, directly across the street from the Cambridge Centre Mall.

Club Promo Day at the Cambridge Centre Mall - Sat. March 2, 2019

We invited the pbulic to join us at the Cambridge Centre Mall on Hespeler Road as we promote Waterloo Coin Society. Our goal was to share our knowledge and collecting experience with curious onlookers.