But the big bucks are at Canada’s Science and Technology Museum
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. While you’re at it, you really should have a look at his version of Space Oddity where the man with the moustache performs David Bowie in zero gravity.Commander Chris Hadfield
They are beautiful bills, absolutely packed with fascinating details and are the final notes released of the new polymer series. You can see enlargements and learn all about their design and inspiration on the Bank’s website.
To learn more, we naturally recommend you visit In The Money, our new travelling exhibit showing until February 2nd at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. It’s an exhibition exploring the history and science of bank notes from the mulberry based paper money of Ming Dynasty China to Canada’s shiny new polymer notes. Interactive units demonstrating the resilience of polymer money are of special interest but the best thing is the giant ten dollar bill. Produced in minute detail, this six-foot long back-lit reproduction of the back of the new polymer ten is housed in a table-top unit that allows the closest inspection you will ever make of a circulating bank note. For train spotters, you can even read the number on the locomotive; it’s a real one, too. Don’t ignore the rest of the museum: check out Energy: Power to Choose where you can take a jog on the giant hamster wheel and visit the electric eel.