Welcome to the Ontario Numismatic Association Website
The Ontario Numismatic Association, the O.N.A., is devoted to helping you get the most out of your numismatic hobby; through education and fellowship. Our prime objectives, aside from supporting you, are the dissemination of information on the numismatic goings-on throughout Ontario as well as the promotion of research and study through our bi-monthly publication – The Ontario Numismatist.
The Association is over 300 members strong and growing daily! Our members range from individual collectors and local numismatic clubs to professional numismatists and dealers.
Our motto – “VIRES ACQUIRIT EUNDO”
or “AS IT GROWS, IT GATHERS STRENGTH”.
Today the Award of Merit is presented in the form of a silver medal and a certificate. The medal bears the O.N.A. crest on one side and the recipient’s name and the year it is presented on the other side. Recipients also receive a banquet ticket and an engraved metallic nameplate identifying the bearer as a recipient of the award. The nameplate, featuring the O.N.A. crest as well as the name of the award, has a magnetic backing so that it can be worn to all numismatic functions. Those nominated are chosen in the month prior to the annual convention, and the winner is announced at the convention banquet. The Committee may add their own nominations over and above any received from the membership.
The original Award of Merit Medals were composed of 10kt Gold until the 1970s when, due to increased cost of the precious metal, it became gold-plated. The first medal, donated by Molson’s Brewery, was awarded to Robert C. Willey.