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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 45, November 4, 2007, Article 17

CANADIAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION RECEIVES ROYAL RECOGNITION

[The following Press Release was published Monday,
October 29, 2007.  -Editor]

The Canadian Numismatic Association announces that it has
been granted the privilege from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
the Second to change its name to The Royal Canadian Numismatic
Association and its equivalent in French, l’Association
canadienne royale de numismatique. Michael Walsh, president
of Canada’s national numismatic organization, states, “I
have the honour of announcing that Her Majesty has granted
use of the title ‘Royal’ by The Canadian Numismatic Association.
I wish to recognize the dedicated efforts of my predecessor,
Charles Moore, and of Doug Andrews, that have allowed the
CNA to achieve this prestigious distinction.”

In November 2006, Her Excellency the Governor General of
Canada, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, accepted an
invitation from the CNA to serve as its Honourary Patron.
“The Governor General’s acceptance was greeted with
enthusiastic approval and support throughout the membership,
and everyone with whom I have spoken has seen it as a
positive development,” says Walsh. The CNA Executive moved
forward, giving unanimous support at its Spring 2007
meeting to initiate the process of seeking permission
to adopt the Royal title.

Walsh indicates, “I welcome this announcement and
celebrate it as an indication of the esteem in which
our Association is held. The Canadian Numismatic Association
is a fifty-seven-year-old institution with a wonderful
history and a proud tradition. Adding ‘Royal’ to our name
will not change that, but it will give us more prominence
in the eyes of many collectors. And because of this, we will
very likely see our membership numbers grow and our
Association strengthen.”

“Numismatists, in particular, recognize the importance
of the monarchy in Canada’s unique heritage, and the
enduring recognition that it receives on all coins produced
by the Royal Canadian Mint.”

“The Queen has expressed her will, and we are now entitled
to use the name that we sought: ‘The Royal Canadian Numismatic
Association/l’Association canadienne royale du numismatique.’
A letter of acceptance and thanks has been forwarded to Her
Majesty. Our next step is to follow protocol for amending
our constitution to reflect the name change.”

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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