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  • January 14, 2014 Our Year Ahead

    By: Graham Iddon


    Our Canada Day Big Top Farewell / Les fabuleux adieux du Musée
    We here at the Currency Museum hope you had a fabulous holiday season. We know we did, though maybe a little too fabulous for some of us. As we crossed over into the New Year we had a chance to reflect on the year that had just passed. 2013 presented our team with some pretty big challenges and some tough goodbyes, but it also had some great new adventures and exciting new initiatives.
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  • December 17, 2013 ‘Twas the blog before Christmas

    Gumballs / Boules de gomme
    While we take our winter holiday this week, so will the blog. To keep our hordes of clamouring followers entertained while we’re away, we’ll give them another window into the personalities of the folks who work at the Museum. We’ve asked some of them to write about their favourite holiday memories.
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  • December 2, 2013 The McCord Museum Visit

    By: Graham Iddon


    McCord Museum permanent exhibit, Montréal - Points of View / Montréal - Points de vue, une exposition permanente du Musée McCord
    While visiting bigger institutions in Montréal, the museum planning team decided to drop into the McCord Museum and take a look at the ways they are using tablets and apps in their exhibition spaces.
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  • November 25, 2013 We Drop into Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    Image from ‘Yours Truly, Montréal' multimedia show / Vestiges sur lesquels le spectacle multimédia Signé Montréal est projeté; remarquez la date
    During two trips to Montréal this past July, as part of our ongoing program of museum tours, the planning team visited the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History at Pointe-à-Callière near the old city waterfront.
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  • November 18, 2013 Notes from the Collection: A Buying Trip to Toronto

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Banque du Peuple 5 dollar bill, 1835 / Billet de 5 paistres de la Banque du peuple, 1835
    Recently, from October 3 to 5th, collections staff were at the Toronto Coin Expo, held at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street. The show boasts informative lectures, a large auction of coins, tokens and paper money as well as a showroom, called a bourse, where dealers greet clients and buy and sell material.
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  • November 12, 2013 The Last of the New Polymer Notes are Released

    By: Graham Iddon


    New Canadian Cash Unveiled From Orbit
    On 7 November, the Bank of Canada released the new five and ten dollar bills into circulation. I won’t say ‘released onto an unsuspecting public’ as the official introduction to the new bills took place last April in a big event in front of the former Museum featuring a live presentation by Chris Hadfield beamed from the International Space Station.
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  • November 5, 2013 A Visit to Centre des sciences de Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    The Montréal Science Centre building at 2 Rue de la Commune Ouest / L’édifice du Centre des sciences de Montréal situé au 2, rue de la Commune Ouest
    Twice this past July, members of the museum planning team took the train to Montréal to have a look at some of the excellent museums there.
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  • October 28, 2013 Director’s chair : A little help from our friends

    By: Ken Ross


    In one of my favourite cinematic moments, the 11 year-old chess prodigy, Josh Waitzkin, imagines sweeping the pieces off a chess board in order to help him think more clearly about an important game of chess. It is a championship game and he is on the brink of winning it all.
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  • October 7, 2013 The Cases are Almost Empty

    By: Graham Iddon


    Curator Raewyn Passmore removes coins from shipwreck display / La conservatrice Raewyn Passmore retire les pièces de monnaie d’un présentoir d’objets tirés d’une épave
    For the first time since they went into their cases in 1980, over 2000 coins, notes, beads and shells are coming back out. The Museum’s curatorial staff are busily pulling panels from cases, placing coins into specially prepared drawers and sliding notes into acid-free Mylar envelopes.
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  • September 24, 2013 Curators Begin Removal of Artifacts

    By: Graham Iddon


    Collections team removes panel from case
    The doors were barely closed following Big Top Farewell event before Chief Curator Paul Berry and his team began emptying display cases that had been sealed shut since 1980. The biggest task involved removing more than 2500 bank notes from the room we knew as Gallery 8.
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