Another RCNA Convention for the Books
The 63rd annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA)—Canada’s show for money collectors—was held in Ottawa from 20–24 July 2016. And, judging by visitor turnout, the smiles on dealers’ faces and feedback from attendees, the event was a tremendous success. It seems that Ottawa always delivers a spectacular show for convention-goers.
Every year, the Bank of Canada Museum is invited to present a display at the RCNA convention. One of the Museum curators provides a quality exhibit that usually focuses on the numismatic history of the host city. In the past, whenever the convention was held in Ottawa (most recently in 2000 and 2008), the curators did not prepare a display because visitors could attend a reception hosted by the Bank of Canada and see most of Canada’s numismatic treasures in person at the Currency Museum. But with the Bank’s head office under full renovation, we decided to set up a display at the convention.
This year, for the RCNA’s educational symposium, I gave a presentation on the evolution of Canadian bank note design. Objects that were part of my talk, as well as other interesting examples from various series of Bank of Canada notes, complemented the presentation. The significant changes in the design process over the past 80 years were well illustrated by these artifacts.
In addition to producing informative labels to identify the exhibits, the Museum’s graphics team designed backdrops that greatly enhanced the display. The team also created a beautiful booklet of the contents—a souvenir from the Bank of Canada Museum that visitors could take home with them (Designing Canada’s Bank Notes Booklet ). Have a look at the images below; they illustrate the fabulous work of the graphics team.
The convention was also an occasion for the curators to attend meetings of the various numismatic organizations, give presentations (Paul and Raewyn also spoke), acquire material for the National Currency Collection and, best of all, reconnect with old friends. The coin-collecting community is full of interesting personalities, and each of them has a story to tell or a bit of insight to share. Without them, the National Currency Collection would be deprived of a great resource of knowledge and experience. We always look forward to the next convention to see our old friends, meet new people and learn what’s happening with collecting. Next year, the convention will be in Boucherville, Quebec, on Montréal’s South Shore across the river from Montréal East. Talk to you then!
People on the street were randomly stopped and searched, and some were even arrested and imprisoned in an internment camp. Even German marks replaced Canadian currency in circulation—in the form of If Day propaganda notes.
The imagery on the Bank of Canada’s 1935 note series depicts the country’s rich industrial history.
In 1812, British North America had no banks and little currency. With the prospect of war drying up supplies of coins, the government of Lower Canada decided to issue legal tender notes called “army bills” to pay for troops and supplies.
What was proposed was a complete about-face from the philosophy behind recent security printing. If photocopiers could easily deal with the colours and designs of the current series, then the next series should be bold and simple.