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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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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.
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  • 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…
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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”.
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  • July 21, 2015

    Unpacking the Collection 1

    By: David Bergeron


    In the mid 60s, high denomination notes were in such low circulation that Bank of Canada Governor Louis Rasminsky and the Minister of Finance discussed the possibility of actually dropping the denomination altogether.
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  • June 23, 2015

    New Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    New Acquisitions / Nouvelles acquisitions
    The Canadian financial system of today is diverse… A little known but once prolific system member was loan and building societies. These firms made loans for the construction or purchase of property against mortgages as collateral.
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  • May 21, 2015

    New Acquisitions

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    Everyone loves getting presents, and we’re no exception. We recently received a very exciting donation of 50 silver coins. The collection was purchased in Lima, Peru, at an estate sale in the 1950s.
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