• December 2, 2021

    The true value of money

    By: Graham Iddon

    Photo collage, old bank notes and coins, gold nuggets and a computer component.
    What is money—when you really stop to think about it? To understand how money works, and what it ultimately represents, we need to strip it down to its very basic function.
    Content type(s): Blog Subject(s): Education
  • November 16, 2021

    The 1911 silver dollar

    By: David Bergeron

    In front of a set of coins in a case, two coins, one lead, one silver, each with identical wreaths of maple leaves.
    The 1911 silver dollar has a history to match its prestige, and it now has a permanent home in the National Currency Collection of the Bank of Canada Museum.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • October 21, 2021

    Moving mountains

    By: Graham Iddon

    Collage, bank note details, green, face of middle-aged woman, mountains and large number 20.
    The $20 bill of 1969 was the prototype of the Scenes of Canada note series. Yet, as more notes were designed, the theme—and the $20 note itself—would change.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • September 16, 2021

    A mythic metal: Some stories of gold coins

    By: Krista Broeckx

    In 1896, three enterprising men struck gold in the Klondike region of the Yukon. Their story is just one of many that illustrates the allure of gold through the ages.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • September 2, 2021

    Virtual Worlds. Real Economies.

    By: Adam Young

    A cartoon astronaut waves in front of a logo of the game.
    The economies in modern, complex video games can teach gamers a lot about decision making and financial literacy.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • August 19, 2021

    Fur Trade Economics

    By: David Bergeron, Graham Iddon, Krista Broeckx

    Photo collage, yellowed document with writing, tokens, carved stick, silver beaver trinket.
    Over its 350-year lifespan, the Hudson’s Bay Company has had an enormous impact on Canada’s economy and how the nation was settled.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 30, 2021

    The house the Bank of Canada built

    By: Graham Iddon

    Building, old, square, stone building surrounded by 2 glass towers.
    The Bank of Canada head office is two structures: the stone cube on Wellington Street and the glass structure that it is nestled into. Both are significant architectural landmarks.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 3, 2021

    Value is in the Eye of the Consumer

    By: Graham Iddon

    Collage, money, graphs and people playing with hula hoops.
    Supply and demand is part of the very bedrock of an economy. It's what generates the price of any product or service.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • April 30, 2021

    Mishap on the dollar

    By: Graham Iddon

    Bank note engraving, green, logs and 2 boats on a river in front of a tree-covered hill with towers.
    An image of a river of logs floating behind Parliament Hill has long lived in Canadian collective memory thanks to a bank note, the Scenes of Canada $1 bill.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • March 23, 2021

    The Last Smokestack

    By: Graham Iddon

    Bank note engraving, purple, a large, highly detailed factory complex of pipes, tanks and chimneys.
    Putting an industrial facility on a bank note is not a casual decision. At the end of the 1960s, such places were earning a bad reputation for pollution. There was actually a good reason for this choice, but it wasn’t obvious to many Canadians.
    Content type(s): Blog
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