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  • September 6, 2013 First Artifacts to Leave the Museum: And they were big

    By: Graham Iddon


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    Before the museum closed for renovations on 2 July, technicians began to remove the heavier artifacts in late May. First to go was the strong box. Built of ¼” thick welded steel plates, this trunk was used by the Bank of Upper Canada in Toronto between 1821 and 1866.
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  • August 30, 2013 Director’s chair : “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.”

    By: Ken Ross


    Most of us know the first part of Alexander Graham Bell’s take on opportunity: “When one door closes, another one opens…” What we often don’t recall is the second half of that quote, where he says: “…but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
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  • August 26, 2013 Big Top Farewell, a Big Success

    By: Graham Iddon


    The Penny Mosaic / La mosaïque de sous noirs
    It was farewell to the Currency Museum as we know it this past Canada Day. Our annual 1 July event was circus-themed this year, featuring children’s games, clowns, balloon sculptures and ice cream.
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  • August 14, 2013 Museum on the Go: In The Money on now at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa

    By: Louise-Anne Laroche


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    Summertime: a time to relax and, for most of us, to travel. Years ago, advertisers used to tell us how easy it was to travel: you only needed your bikini, your toothbrush and, naturally, a good travel agency to set you up anywhere in the world. That might still be true for people but for travelling exhibitions the packing process is a bit more involved.
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  • July 30, 2013 Remembering Alex Colville (1920-2013)

    By: Raewyn Passmore


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    The Staff of the Currency Museum was saddened to learn of the passing of artist Alex Colville who died on 16 July at his home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He was 92. One of Canada’s most celebrated painters, Colville is not as well-known as a sculptor but if you look carefully through your pocket change you might just find an example of his work.
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  • June 27, 2013 Meet the Currency Museum Team

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    It’s a big deal to re-invent a museum and it requires a good team. We think we are doing just fine in that regard and would like you to meet them.
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  • June 21, 2013 Farewell to the Currency Museum c.1980

    By: Graham Iddon


    Penny Mosaic at entrance / Mosaïque de pièces d'un cent à l'entrée
    The roots of the Currency Museum go back to 1959 when the then Governor of the Bank of Canada, James Coyne, proposed the idea of establishing a currency collection that would reflect the colourful monetary history of Canada. By the time the go-ahead was given in 1963 by Coyne’s successor, Louis Rasminsky, the collection’s mandate had been expanded to include world monetary history, banking and production artifacts and a numismatic library.
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  • June 18, 2013 Welcome to the Currency Museum Blog!

    By: Graham Iddon


    We are very excited about this, our museum’s new digital dimension. As the doors close on 2 July for the next three years or so, we are endeavoring to keep them virtually open with a lively flow of reports and updates on the progress of our re-invention.
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