Bert Koper (1899-1963)

Auction Sale, Rare Coins, Medals, Tokens, Etc: Collections of Mr. George  Adams of Winnipeg and Others Including Eastern Collections and Small  Consignments; Thursday, November 24, 1938 by Bert Koper

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HG Editor

Greetings and salutations to my dear friends and colleagues from across the miles:

I hope this note finds you keeping well and in good spirits, in spite of the topsy-turvy world we now find ourselves in due to the persistent coronavirus pandemic in our midst.

I’m pleased to invite you to my upcoming new and improved presentation “Bert Koper (1899-1963) of Winnipeg: A Canadian Numismatic Pioneer, Tragic Hero and Archetype“, which will be held this evening, Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, with my presentation beginning half an hour later, at 7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central).  It is an integral part of the South Wellington Coin Society’s ongoing monthly series of numismatic topics and I’m most grateful to President Scott E. Douglas for asking me to contribute to this series.

Here’s a synopsis of my presentation:

Bert Koper (1899-1963), a Dutch immigrant to Winnipeg, almost single-handedly kept the torch of organized numismatics burning in Canada through the dark years of the Depression and World War II. His Park Coin Shop, Canadian Numismatic Art Society, and subsequent Canadian Coin Club Society (fl. 1935-1951) filled the gap between the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montreal’s demise in 1934 and the Canadian Numismatic Association’s birth in Ottawa in 1950. Numismatic literature aficionados collect his publications; his enthusiasm inspires collectors today. He nearly succeeded in organizing a nation-wide numismatics association… Koper burned out, but he passed the Canadian numismatic torch to the R/CNA. He is Engel’s local example of an unsung numismatist whose contribution to the hobby is worthy of research. You may find such numismatists in your own backyard…

For those of you who may have attended my 2017 presentation at the RCNA Convention in Boucherville, Quebec on this same topic or even if you may have attended the version I gave at the Newman Numismatic Portal Symposium last March 19 (also posted at the end of this post), I’ve made several substantive changes, including 10 completely new slides,  that would make your attendance at this presentation worthwhile.  

Continue to be kind, remain calm and stay safe.

Yours in numismatics,


Howard R. Engel

Archivist, Manitoba Coin Club Incorporated (


Proprietor, Richard Stockley Books, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
“Specializing in numismatic and philatelic literature”


American Numismatic Association #3183947 (transitioning to become an ANA Life Member),
Canadian Association of Token  Collectors #1262,
Canadian Centennial Collectors Club #21,
Manitoba Coin Club Incorporated,
Regina Coin Club (applied for),
Royal Canadian Mint Masters Club #50477580,
Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Life Member #457,
Winnipeg Philatelic Society Life Member #1705 .

“Buy the book before the coin.” — Aaron R. Feldman (1894-1976), A.N.A. 14033, U.S. coin dealer and numismatic literature aficionado

March 19 2021 version Howard gave at the Newman Numismatic Portal Symposium:

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