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  • December 17, 2015

    What’s in Your Stocking?

    By: Graham Iddon


    Every prop in the holiday drama generally has some sort of symbolic meaning—evergreen trees: life in the dead of winter, holly: Christ’s crown of thorns, the dreidel: Jewish resistance to oppression. Money, on the other hand, only seems to symbolize itself.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events
  • November 30, 2015

    Involving the Visitor

    A title for this exhibition eluded us well into the development process. By introducing IPOP theory, we had to take ourselves back to the very basics of what the exhibition is about, what its messages are.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Exhibitions
  • November 10, 2015

    Money from Space

    Do you notice anything peculiar about this bank note? It’s blue; it’s denominated as 5-dollar; it has handsome portraits of Sir Wilfred Laurier on it…hold on a minute!
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events
  • October 29, 2015

    Royal Canadian Numismatic Association

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    Nova Scotia has long been a centre of trade that connected Europe, New England and the West Indies. Following the American Revolution, Halifax became the primary British port in North America and a hub of financial activity.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • October 15, 2015

    Museums Inspiring Change

    By: Caroline Roberts


    The theme for the 2015 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting was “The Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change”. So it was fitting that it should be held in Atlanta, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • September 28, 2015

    Unpacking the Collection 3

    By: David Bergeron


    Before banks were established in remote regions of Canada, paying employees involved shipping currency long distances into wild and often lawless locations. The alternative to this risky enterprise was for the company to issue its own money. Called scrip…
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • September 15, 2015

    The 2015 Commemorative $20 Bank Note Revealed

    By: Graham Iddon


    It’s a historic day for us as well. It isn’t every day that the Bank of Canada introduces a new commemorative note.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events
  • September 1, 2015

    Inside Out Animals

    By: Graham Iddon


    In fact, any hint of revulsion was immediately displaced by astonishment. To see the inner workings of an animal exposed in such clarity is an experience one should seek out.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • August 19, 2015

    Unpacking the Collection 2

    By: David Bergeron


    During 1952, Comfort produced a number of pencil and watercolour design models for the face of the new notes. Some were updates of the traditional style while others were radically modern treatments.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • August 5, 2015

    Swindle! Canadian Phantom Banks

    By: Graham Iddon


    In exchange for pizza and a day out of the office, several Bank employees were persuaded to dress up in period costumes and re-enact three key moments from the history of this shady “bank”.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Exhibitions