Memorabilia collectors form new club

The Canadian Banking Memorabilia Society (CBMS) is looking to become the country’s newest national club, this focusing on a “largely overlooked genre of numismatics,” according to organizer Kevin Day-Thorburn.

“The scope of this new club is far-reaching with lots of room for fresh research,” he said, adding philatelists, “especially those interested in revenue stamps, will have seen cheques with stamps affixed to them as a form of tax. Mechanical banks, calendars, bills of exchange, and postal cards are just a few examples of other memorabilia.”

After placing several ads in a regional numismatic newsletter about a potential cheque collector’s club, Day-Thorburn was contacted by fellow collector Stephen Oatway, and the duo has started Facebook page at facebook.com/bankingmemorabilia.

The CBMS will soon begin publishing a bimonthly digital newsletter, which will be free until July 2020 at the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Convention in Halifax, N.S., where the CBMS is also planning to host a meeting, establish an executive and “look into initiating modest dues,” Day-Thorburn said.

“Word is already spreading and the list of potential founding members is growing.”

For more information, contact the CBMS at bankingmemorabilia@gmail.com.

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