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  • December 17, 2015 What’s in Your Stocking?

    By: Graham Iddon


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    Every prop in the holiday drama generally has some sort of symbolic meaning—evergreen trees: life in the dead of winter, holly: Christ’s crown of thorns, the dreidel: Jewish resistance to oppression. Money, on the other hand, only seems to symbolize itself.
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  • November 30, 2015 Involving the Visitor

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    A title for this exhibition eluded us well into the development process. By introducing IPOP theory, we had to take ourselves back to the very basics of what the exhibition is about, what its messages are.
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  • November 10, 2015 Money from Space

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    Do you notice anything peculiar about this bank note? It’s blue; it’s denominated as 5-dollar; it has handsome portraits of Sir Wilfred Laurier on it…hold on a minute!
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  • October 29, 2015 Royal Canadian Numismatic Association

    By: Raewyn Passmore


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    Nova Scotia has long been a centre of trade that connected Europe, New England and the West Indies. Following the American Revolution, Halifax became the primary British port in North America and a hub of financial activity.
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  • October 15, 2015 Museums Inspiring Change

    By: Caroline Roberts


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    The theme for the 2015 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting was “The Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change”. So it was fitting that it should be held in Atlanta, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • September 28, 2015 Unpacking the Collection 3

    By: David Bergeron


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    Before banks were established in remote regions of Canada, paying employees involved shipping currency long distances into wild and often lawless locations. The alternative to this risky enterprise was for the company to issue its own money. Called scrip…
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  • September 15, 2015 The 2015 Commemorative $20 Bank Note Revealed

    By: Graham Iddon


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    It’s a historic day for us as well. It isn’t every day that the Bank of Canada introduces a new commemorative note.
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  • September 1, 2015 Inside Out Animals

    By: Graham Iddon


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    In fact, any hint of revulsion was immediately displaced by astonishment. To see the inner workings of an animal exposed in such clarity is an experience one should seek out.
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  • August 19, 2015 Unpacking the Collection 2

    By: David Bergeron


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    During 1952, Comfort produced a number of pencil and watercolour design models for the face of the new notes. Some were updates of the traditional style while others were radically modern treatments.
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  • August 5, 2015 Swindle! Canadian Phantom Banks

    By: Graham Iddon


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    In exchange for pizza and a day out of the office, several Bank employees were persuaded to dress up in period costumes and re-enact three key moments from the history of this shady “bank”.
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