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  • December 28, 2018

    A Good Deal

    By: David Bergeron


    In Canada playing cards were used as form of emergency money at a time when the colony constantly suffered from a shortage gold and silver coins.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • December 14, 2018

    Unpacking the Collection 10

    By: David Bergeron


    During the first international assembly of the Ligo in 1946, a decision was made to introduce a common world currency with an internationally stable value.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • December 11, 2018

    Unpacking the Collection 9

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    Wars have been fought to control its trade and gifts of it have been made to ensure peace. It has even been used as currency.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • December 7, 2018

    Paul Berry is Retiring? Say it Ain’t So!

    I can’t remember when I first met Paul, but it must have been shortly after his arrival in 1984. It seems like yesterday … No, it doesn’t, actually.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • November 8, 2018

    Money of the First World War

    By: Paul S. Berry


    In Europe, gold and silver coins largely disappeared from circulation as they were hoarded or as governments used the metal for the war effort.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • November 2, 2018

    Money’s Magnificent Moustaches

    By: Graham Iddon


    We would like to present some of history’s great moustaches—as seen on bank notes.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • October 31, 2018

    The Devil is in the Hairdo

    By: Graham Iddon


    Have you ever seen eyes in the bark of trees? Wolves in the clouds? How about spooky things in bank notes?
    Content type(s): Blog
  • October 2, 2018

    Canada Financially Comes of Age

    By: Paul S. Berry


    The First War Loan included bonds in denominations of up to $100,000. They matured in ten years and paid interest at 5 percent.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • October 1, 2018

    #AskACurator Day 2018

    By: Graham Iddon


    What would you ask a curator? Your chance was September 12, when the annual Twitter event #AskACurator Day took place on computers, tablets and mobile phones all around the globe.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • August 30, 2018

    Happy Birthday, Dear Bank of Canada Museum!

    By: Graham Iddon


    A little grade 8 math revealed that, since our last full year of operation, we have increased Museum attendance by 91 per cent (pause while the audience claps).
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