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  • February 26, 2021

    Playing with Economy

    By: Graham Iddon


    A diverse group of 4 young children playing a board game.
    There might be only a handful of basic game formats, but there is an infinity of variations—a surprising number of which require the skills we need to manage our daily economic lives.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • January 4, 2021

    Economic Opportunity Costs

    By: Graham Iddon


    Man in a superhero costume crouching in an aisle of a home renovation warehouse.
    With his superpowers, Peter Parker would no doubt do a fabulous job of tiling his kitchen backsplash. But as Spider-Man, he has more valuable things to do with his time.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • November 30, 2020

    How Many Groats Are in a Noble?

    By: Graham Iddon


    For daily users of modern money, getting an understanding of the old British system of currency can be an act of confusion and wonder. But it’s also a peep into 13 centuries of European numismatic history.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • November 27, 2020

    Understanding Money: Common Questions

    By: Nathan Sells


    Ever wondered who decides what goes on Canadian coins or bank notes? Or why our coins have certain names and our notes are different colours? Use this guide to help answer some of your money-related questions!
    Content type(s): Blog
  • November 2, 2020

    Teaching Economics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By: Adam Young


    Authentic, teachable moments show students how the Bank of Canada is helping the economy navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • October 21, 2020

    The Story Behind the Engraving

    By: Graham Iddon


    The men on the back of this bill were part of a small community of families, a summer hunting camp called Aulatsiivik on Baffin Island.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • October 5, 2020

    If I Had a Million Dollars…I’d Be Reasonably Well Off

    By: Graham Iddon


    When the Barenaked Ladies released “If I Had a $1,000,000,” they could have considered themselves reasonably rich. And today? Well, there’s this inflation thing…
    Content type(s): Blog
  • July 16, 2020

    Johnson’s Counterfeits

    By: David Bergeron


    Johnson’s entire family, two girls and five boys, was involved in the counterfeiting operation: dad made the plates, the daughters forged the signatures and the boys were learning to be engravers.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 29, 2020

    The Reluctant Bank Note

    By: Graham Iddon


    Among 1975 $50 bill’s various design proposals were three images, three thematic colours and even three printing methods.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 11, 2020

    Nominating an Icon for the Next $5 Bank Note

    By: Graham Iddon


    Using a Bank of Canada Museum lesson plan, nearly 200 students told us who they thought should be the bank NOTE-able Canadian on our new $5 bill.
    Content type(s): Blog
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