|Hello ... I called myself Carpman because I lived in the village of Carp, NW of Ottawa until 1998, when I experienced a marital adjustment. Have 2 sons and 4 daughters, (2 daughters from my first marriage), all living on their own. And at 61 years of age, I am a great-grandfather.
I went to school in Hamilton ON, and began my computer systems career at the City Hall in Hamilton after high school. The main CPU was an astounding 4K processor with 4 tape drives (1963). Worked in Sarnia ON for a year with Polysar in 1966, back to Hamilton for 2 years with Canadian Canners on Hughson St opposite the Hamilton Court House (and 2 blocks from TNS), and then went to Sept-Iles, QC for 5 years in the early 70's until moving to the Ottawa area with Statistics Canada in 1974, and from where I burned out and took early retirement in 2000.
I sold my first coins to a dealer on Locke St. in Hamilton in about 1957. They were a 1947 dot 5c and a 1947 dot 25c .... I received the princely sum of $4 for both coins at that time, and to a 13 year old kid who got an allowance of 25 cents per week, I had struck gold. Life got in the way of the collecting interest until about 1980 when I saw someone deposit some nickel dollars at my bank, and I asked for them. Bought most of a hoard of 50 cent pieces in April of 1981, and that became the basis of my buying and selling part-time. I used to set up at many of the southern Ontario coin shows until 1998 when I discovered that selling on eBay could replace the 5-6 hour drives from Ottawa to the coin shows (8-9 hours several times because of snowstorms), and discontinued doing most of the shows. I have now gotten back into the fray, setting up at Kingston, the ONA, TNS and Brantford in 2006.
My main interest is in the area of Napoleon Breton-listed Canadian tokens, and these are what I search out at shows. I have to say that I am not necessarily a collector who buys an item and must hold on to it until death. For me, it is sufficient to buy something; to hold, examine, and cherish it for a period of time; and then to offer it for sale to that person who needs it for their collection. Over the past 25 years, at one time or another, I have owned most of the Canadian decimal series and many of the Breton tokens available to the general public. It has been a very satisfying experience meeting many of the people in the hobby on both sides of the tables at the shows, and on CCRS.