Graham Iddon

  • June 16, 2022

    Army bills: Funding the War of 1812

    By: David Bergeron, Graham Iddon


    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.
    Content type(s): Blog posts Subject(s): Economy, History
  • May 5, 2022

    Between tradition and technology

    By: Graham Iddon


    Collage, man at an easel, paintings of birds and a goose illustration with comments written on it.
    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.
    Content type(s): Blog posts
  • February 3, 2022

    Queen of the bank notes

    By: Graham Iddon


    Few of us have ever met her, and it’s likely none of us are even remotely related to her. Yet, Canadians have carried her picture in their wallets for generations now. She’s Queen Elizabeth II and has been our monarch for over 70 years.
    Content type(s): Blog posts Subject(s): History
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