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  • May 12, 2014 Becoming a Collector I

    By: Graham Iddon


    You never know what’s in your coin tray at home!
    Collecting things is a very common human urge. Be they matchbooks, pop bottles or 17th century Flemish altar paintings, owning large numbers of the same type of thing is a fascinating pastime for many of us.
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  • May 2, 2014 The Adventure of Exhibit Planning III

    By: Graham Iddon


    Proposed back models by Charles Comfort for the 1954 Bank of Canada series
    During the planning stages stamping the word ‘final’ on any given aspect of a travelling exhibition can seem less of a directive and more of an overly optimistic suggestion.
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  • April 28, 2014 Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

    By: Nicole Gurski


    As this blog is the only visible result of change, you might think we are doing nothing much to improve our website. Perish the thought! We’d like you to know that the Museum team has been hard at work for the past year upping the game on our website.
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  • April 22, 2014 Notes from the Collection: Recent Acquisitions II

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Canada, Share Certificate, Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, 1906
    This month’s selections highlight various areas of Collection development. These include what are called financial instruments: items such as stocks, bonds shares and other articles that represent a contract to deliver money in some manner.
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  • April 10, 2014 Show me the Bunny

    By: Nicole Gurski


    Commemorative 5 cent Canadian coin, 1967
    It seems spring is finally upon us, here in Ottawa (touch wood). I know some of us were thinking, when snowstorms hit at the end of March, that winter would never end. Fortunately the sun is here and that means Easter is not too far away. Mind you, we don’t recommend you take off the snow tires just yet.
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  • April 3, 2014 Museum Reconstruction - Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    Lobby and Gallery 1 of the Currency Museum: the gift shop is closed
    In early February, a small group from the Bank’s Communications Department booked a brief tour of the main floor and first basement at the Wellington Street head office. It’s still in the demolition phase of the renovation.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Planning
  • March 28, 2014 Notes from the Collection: Notgeld, Emergency Money from Interwar Europe

    By: Patricia Measures


    Freren, Germany notgeld entitled “The Hamster Dream” is social satire at its best
    Notgeld, German for emergency money, first appeared at the beginning of World War One and was issued until 1924. Through these notes we can see the entire story of Germany’s experience with out-of-control inflation between the wars.
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  • March 20, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 2

    By: Graham Iddon


    Visitors interact with the ‘Collection Wall’ in its collection view mode
    Upon entering Gallery One, you may see somebody standing on one leg and waving her arms in front of a flat screen. Should we call security? Nope. Here’s what happens next: a camera takes a picture of her, digitally compares the image to images stored in the museum’s collection, and comes back with an image of an artwork that most resembles this pose.
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  • March 12, 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art, Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    New wing and entrance of the Cleveland Museum of Art
    One of our museum development team and his partner chose to spend part of their Christmas holiday in sunny Cleveland. It wasn’t for the beaches that they went to the rusty shores of Erie but to enjoy one of the most advanced interactive museum experiences available anywhere.
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  • March 4, 2014 Three, two, one - In the Money is a go

    By: Louise-Anne Laroche


    In The Money
    On 19 February our newest travelling exhibition In the Money left the Ottawa area to start its journey across Canada. This will be an exciting adventure, not only for us at the Currency Museum (nervously monitoring its progress from afar), but also for the visitors who will learn more about our currency, its history and the technology behind it.
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