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  • June 6, 2014

    Becoming a Collector III

    By: Graham Iddon


    For you as the steward of your collection, your aim is to preserve the items as best as you can by protecting them from further deterioration. The pros call this preservation.
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  • May 26, 2014

    The Adventure of Exhibit Planning IV

    By: Graham Iddon


    This exhibition is about engravers, production processes and the beauty of postage stamps and bank notes. In the previous episode of this series we talked about the process surrounding securing the bank notes for this exhibition and how it had to take into account both the needs of the exhibition team and the concerns of the collections department.
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  • May 20, 2014

    Becoming a Collector II

    By: Graham Iddon


    So now you’ve decided that collecting currency is far more fascinating than collecting 14th Century Flemish altar paintings and have begun to accumulate some items. Good for you, those paintings are a bother to dust and currency is far easier to take care of.
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  • May 12, 2014

    Becoming a Collector I

    By: Graham Iddon


    Collecting things is a very common human urge. Be they matchbooks, pop bottles or 17th century Flemish altar paintings, owning large numbers of the same type of thing is a fascinating pastime for many of us.
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  • May 2, 2014

    The Adventure of Exhibit Planning III

    By: Graham Iddon


    During the planning stages stamping the word ‘final’ on any given aspect of a travelling exhibition can seem less of a directive and more of an overly optimistic suggestion.
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  • April 22, 2014

    Notes from the Collection: Recent Acquisitions II

    By: Paul S. Berry


    This month’s selections highlight various areas of Collection development. These include what are called financial instruments: items such as stocks, bonds shares and other articles that represent a contract to deliver money in some manner.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • April 3, 2014

    Museum Reconstruction - Part 1

    By: Graham Iddon


    In early February, a small group from the Bank’s Communications Department booked a brief tour of the main floor and first basement at the Wellington Street head office. It’s still in the demolition phase of the renovation.
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  • March 28, 2014

    Notes from the Collection: Notgeld, Emergency Money from Interwar Europe

    By: Patricia Measures


    Notgeld, German for emergency money, first appeared at the beginning of World War One and was issued until 1924. Through these notes we can see the entire story of Germany’s experience with out-of-control inflation between the wars.
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  • February 27, 2014

    Notes From the Collection: Recent Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    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!
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  • February 14, 2014

    We’re the Currency Museum, not the Mint

    By: Graham Iddon


    If we had a nickel for every time people asked questions like that, we’d have… Well, I suppose we have roughly that number of nickels already; we have a long history as a currency museum after all. When the museum was open, somebody would ask a similar question several times a week.
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