RCNA Paper Money Grading & Preservation Workshop

The RCNA is sponsoring one of its popular, one-day workshop events titled "An Introduction to Paper Money Grading and Preservation. It features two very qualified instructors: Steven Bell and Susan Maltby.

The date is Tuesday, August 7 from 9:00 am - 4:15 pm at the Hilton Meadowvale Mississauga hotel.



The Paper Money Grading and Preservation course, sponsored by the RCNA, will featuring instruction by numismatic experts Steven Bell and Susan Maltby.

Following the introductory course, this course delves much deeper into the technical aspects of coin grading, counterfeit detection, fakes and alterations, authentication, as well as coin & paper money preservation. Although not a pre-requisite, participants would benefit from having taken the previous course. This course has the goal of educating collectors about the technical side of coins, tokens, medals and paper money collecting.

The two highly qualified instructors will supplement their discussion with slides, demonstrations, hand-outs and displays of relevant numismatic material.

The class size is deliberately kept small, facilitating the students to have an opportunity to interface, one-on-one, with instructors to either understand the material presented more clearly or to deal with other issues of interest to the student in the instructors' areas of expertise. 

Scott Douglas, Chairman of the RCNA Education Committee, will act as the Moderator for the workshop.

Each participant will receive a special RCNA "Certificate of Participation" at the conclusion of the course.

The day long course will include 45 minutes for lunch where participants can dine in the Hilton Meadowvale Mississauga hotel restaurant (the cost for lunch is the responsibility of each individual). Morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also scheduled with complimentary coffee and tea being available.

8:30 - 9:00 Registration - Complimentary coffee
9:00 - 9:10 Introduction
9:10 - 12:10 Paper Money History and Grading
Instructor: Steven Bell

12:10 - 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 - 4:00 Coin & Paper Money Preservation
Instructor: Susan Maltby
4:00 - 4:15 Certificate Presentation and Closing Comments

Paper Money History and Grading (9:10 - 12:10 p.m.)

Instructor: Steven Bell,  Kitchener, Ontario

The Morning session explores technical aspects of paper money printing theory and grading from a Canadian perspective, along with a brief history of banknotes in Canada. 

This session will focus on the practical aspects of paper money printing theory including security printing methods and anti-counterfeiting measures as well as the theory and practical aspects of grading Canadian paper money. 

The material presented will focus on the fundamentals of accurate and consistent grading : knowledge, technique and objectivity.  Important grading tips and methods used by experienced graders will be explained.  A detailed discussion of th finer points that distinguish one grade of circulated note from another is also included, as well as a close-up look at impairments and "processed notes", specifically those that have been washed, cleaned, pressedor flattened, trimmed, or generally altered in an attempt to improve the condition or overall eye appeal.

This course is intended for students who know the basics of grading banknotes, have some grading experience, and recognize those areas where they lack grading skills.

All students are encouraged to bring example bannotes for class discussion, particularly notes with grading difficulties.

Steven Bell is President of Banknote Certification Service (BCS), a third-party paper money grading company based in Kitchener, Ontario.





Coin & Paper Money Preservation (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

Instructor: Susan Maltby, Toronto, Ontario

One of the most important aspects for the preservation of coins, tokens and paper money is providing proper handling and providing proper storage. Collections can deteriorate with time if not stored correctly. Find out what you can do to ensure minimal reduction in value of valuable numismatic material.

This advanced course offers the collector an opportunity to learn, in a practical “hands on” manner, more about the proper care and conservation of numismatic collections (i.e. coins, tokens, medals and paper notes).

Topics discussed will include:
- agents of deterioration
- environmental requirements for numismatic collections
- environmental monitoring techniques
- establishing a controlled environment
- storage
- holders
- cleaning, care and handling of numismatic material

Components of a great coin/bill holder, how to choose a good holder, materials and holders to avoid, environmental requirements for different kinds of material (i.e. different metals, paper, “exotic materials) will be addressed, as well as offering tips on good care and handling.

One of the demonstrations that will be included, because of its importance to determining the content of storage materials, is the Beilstein Test, used to determine whether a plastic contains PVC or polyvinyl-dene chloride...and will explain which is safe, which is not and why.

Participants are urged to bring along problem pieces for examination and discussion.

Susan Maltby is a columnist and professional conservation consultant.   She has given seminars and presentations on numismatic conservation to a variety of numismatic groups during the past few years. Susan was a member of the staff of the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa prior to starting her own conservation consulting firm.

Certificate Presentation and Closing Comments (4:00 - 4:15 p.m.)


The Moderator for the seminar will be Scott Douglas, Chairman of the RCNA Education Committee.


The cost of this workshop is $95.00 for registrants.

Send a cheque, along with your contact information, to:
Royal Canadian Numismatic Association
5694 Highway #7 East, Suite 432
Markham ON Canada L3P 1B4

You will be receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course, along with detailed directions to the Hilton Meadowvale Mississauga hotel, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario.

For more information contact the Executive Secretary of The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association:

Paul Johnson
Telephone: 647-401-4014
E-mail: info@rcna.ca

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