Paul S. Berry

  • February 27, 2014 Notes From the Collection: Recent Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Command Coins for the Canadian Armed Forces
    Before the Museum closed, and the Collection moved to Gatineau, the curators regularly hosted a show and tell session for staff to see new acquisitions. With the help of the Museum’s new blog, that tradition will continue; only now, you too will be able to see and learn about some of the brilliant new stars in the Collection. Get out your sunglasses!
    Content Type(s): Blog
  • 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.
    Content Type(s): Blog
  • July 24, 2009 Broken Coins & Paper Promises

    By: Paul S. Berry


    This paper will review the monetary conditions in 17th-century colonial Newfoundland as revealed primarily through finds from recent excavations at Ferryland.
    Content Type(s): Research
  • November 24, 2008 Ottawa Dairy Tokens

    By: Paul S. Berry


    An Overview of the Dairy Tokens of Ottawa and their Issuers.
    Content Type(s): Research
  • February 3, 2002 Trade and Other Tokens of the Gatineau Region

    By: Paul S. Berry


    A trade token is generally a small metal, plastic or cardboard coin-like item that is redeemable for a product or service by the business that issued it. Bus tickets or subway tokens are the common modern variety. Most were made of aluminum and produced by companies who made marking devices, badges and key tags. In Canada, they were especially popular in isolated communities where cash was hard to come by. An excellent example of this is the popularity of trade tokens that arose in Québec’s Gatineau Valley region from the late 19th century through the early 20th. This article appeared in Up the Gatineau, Volume 28, 2002, a publication of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society.
    Content Type(s): Research