November 8, 2019
Private Atkinson’s War
Private Edward Atkinson’s example of trench art is what is called a “love token”—a souvenir made from a coin. It’s one man’s personal wartime experience expressed through a pocket-sized medium.
September 9, 2019
Bank Note/Billet de banque
The first Canadian paper money was issued in 1817, and for the next 120 years, the vast majority of Canadian bank notes were only in English.
July 8, 2019
Retaining the landscape format but showing human activity and intervention transformed the imagery into an extended portrait of Canada and Canadians.
May 24, 2019
The Hunting of the Greenback
During World War Two, the Bank created the Foreign Exchange Control Board (FECB). One of its major tasks was to find as many US dollars as possible to pay for American imports.
May 15, 2019
What goes up…
Economic bubbles continued to pop up regularly throughout history, and still do today.
April 1, 2019
How Does $ = Dollar?
How on earth did an “S” with a line or two through it come to represent a dollar? Any ideas? No? That’s OK, you’re in good company.
March 8, 2019
The Vertical Note That Almost Was
The printing firms’ design teams went to work and came back with a surprising result: vertical notes.
February 19, 2019
The Coming of the Toonie
The life expectancy of a two-dollar paper note was about a year. But coins can last for more than 10 years.
February 8, 2019
The Canadian Roots of the “Greenback”
Successfully counterfeiting a bank note in the mid-19th century required an engraver with reasonably high talent and very low ethics.
January 30, 2019
What’s Up Next for 2019?
Instead of bragging about our visitor statistics and the popularity our programming (both great!), we’ll talk about what’s coming up for early 2019.