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  • November 18, 2013 Notes from the Collection: A Buying Trip to Toronto

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Banque du Peuple 5 dollar bill, 1835 / Billet de 5 paistres de la Banque du peuple, 1835
    Recently, from October 3 to 5th, collections staff were at the Toronto Coin Expo, held at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street. The show boasts informative lectures, a large auction of coins, tokens and paper money as well as a showroom, called a bourse, where dealers greet clients and buy and sell material.
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  • November 12, 2013 The Last of the New Polymer Notes are Released

    By: Graham Iddon


    New Canadian Cash Unveiled From Orbit
    On 7 November, the Bank of Canada released the new five and ten dollar bills into circulation. I won’t say ‘released onto an unsuspecting public’ as the official introduction to the new bills took place last April in a big event in front of the former Museum featuring a live presentation by Chris Hadfield beamed from the International Space Station.
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  • November 5, 2013 A Visit to Centre des sciences de Montréal

    By: Graham Iddon


    The Montréal Science Centre building at 2 Rue de la Commune Ouest / L’édifice du Centre des sciences de Montréal situé au 2, rue de la Commune Ouest
    Twice this past July, members of the museum planning team took the train to Montréal to have a look at some of the excellent museums there.
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  • October 28, 2013 Director’s chair : A little help from our friends

    By: Ken Ross


    In one of my favourite cinematic moments, the 11 year-old chess prodigy, Josh Waitzkin, imagines sweeping the pieces off a chess board in order to help him think more clearly about an important game of chess. It is a championship game and he is on the brink of winning it all.
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  • October 7, 2013 The Cases are Almost Empty

    By: Graham Iddon


    Curator Raewyn Passmore removes coins from shipwreck display / La conservatrice Raewyn Passmore retire les pièces de monnaie d’un présentoir d’objets tirés d’une épave
    For the first time since they went into their cases in 1980, over 2000 coins, notes, beads and shells are coming back out. The Museum’s curatorial staff are busily pulling panels from cases, placing coins into specially prepared drawers and sliding notes into acid-free Mylar envelopes.
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  • September 24, 2013 Curators Begin Removal of Artifacts

    By: Graham Iddon


    Collections team removes panel from case
    The doors were barely closed following Big Top Farewell event before Chief Curator Paul Berry and his team began emptying display cases that had been sealed shut since 1980. The biggest task involved removing more than 2500 bank notes from the room we knew as Gallery 8.
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  • September 16, 2013 Notes from the Collection : 2013 RCNA Convention Winnipeg

    By: David Bergeron


    Red River Settlement, Hudson’s Bay Co., 19 February 1835, bill of exchange for 10 pounds, 2 shillings payable to the “Fur Trade,” signed by Thomas Bunn, father of John Bunn Councillor of Assiniboia / Colonie de la rivière Rouge, Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson, 19 février 1835, lettre de change au montant de 10 livres, 2 shillings libellée à « Fur Trade » et signée par Thomas Bunn
    Another convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) wrapped up in July. This year the convention was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was the first time in over thirty years that the RCNA Convention made a stop there.
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  • September 6, 2013 First Artifacts to Leave the Museum: And they were big

    By: Graham Iddon


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    Before the museum closed for renovations on 2 July, technicians began to remove the heavier artifacts in late May. First to go was the strong box. Built of ¼” thick welded steel plates, this trunk was used by the Bank of Upper Canada in Toronto between 1821 and 1866.
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  • August 30, 2013 Director’s chair : “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.”

    By: Ken Ross


    Most of us know the first part of Alexander Graham Bell’s take on opportunity: “When one door closes, another one opens…” What we often don’t recall is the second half of that quote, where he says: “…but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
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  • August 26, 2013 Big Top Farewell, a Big Success

    By: Graham Iddon


    The Penny Mosaic / La mosaïque de sous noirs
    It was farewell to the Currency Museum as we know it this past Canada Day. Our annual 1 July event was circus-themed this year, featuring children’s games, clowns, balloon sculptures and ice cream.
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