The following announcement by Event Chairman Bill McKivor was published in the Winter 2008/2009 Conder Token Collector's Journal -Editor The British Token Congress has long been a destination for many British token collectors. Held every year in different locations in the UK it is a collector-driven venue with talks, food, fun, a bourse, and more. Probably the best feature is meeting many serious fellow collectors, like minded folk who become friends for life.
Though the Conder Token Collector’s Club has been in existence for 10 years, no Congress has been undertaken in America until now, and we are happy to announce that there will be one in Seattle, May 14, 15, and 16, 2009. It shall be at the Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave, downtown Seattle.
The Congress will be based on the British model, an opening and a dinner on Thursday, 14 May, followed by a program to be determined, and a chance to get to know your fellow attendees. Though substantially British in scope this time around, it is wished to get token enthusiasts from all over the US and Canada as well as some from the UK to come and show and discuss tokens of all kinds.
Friday will be a full day of talks and token lore, three meals and breaks, followed by a Friday night bourse which is open to all attendees. Tables for dealers and collectors are included in the cost of the Congress. Saturday will start with breakfast, and the talks with one break runs until 1 PM, the end of the meeting.
Seattle is a wonderful place for a vacation or a holiday, as they are known in the UK, and there will be packets sent out to the attendees who sign up to give them some idea of the city, waterfront, restaurants, boat trips, Victoria and Vancouver getaways, shopping, and much more. A spouse or significant other would not be bored, with the hotel within walking distance to nearly everything and the weather is usually mild in May.
Here are the details needed to sign up
Dates: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 14, 15, 16, in 2009.
LocationThe Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA.
Cost: The Congress, all talks, 5 meals, the bourse, and more $395 for the event.
Rooms will be a separate cost and will be arranged directly with the hotel.
The limit is 100 people, and remarkably the Congress is already half full with only word of mouth and CTCC Journal advertising, so please, if interested, let us know as soon as you can. We shall be reserving space in order of reservation received. If you wish to come but are not sure this far in advance you can do so, call anyway and we will put you on the list for information. A deposit will be required by fall 2008.
Many well known collectors, authors, dealers, museum curators, etc have already signed on, and we would love to see you as well. The Congress is supported by the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association, the Conder Token Collector’s Club, and sponsored by the London auction house Dix Noonan and Webb.
For further information and costs, please contact the Congress organizer, Bill McKivor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or his phone (206) 244-8345, or Scott Loos, email@example.com or his phone (425) 831-8789. Who knows, this may be the start of something big
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