This year marks the bicentennial of the outbreak of the War of 1812. The causes of the war extend back to the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, when Great Britain imposed sanctions on neutral vessels, including American ships, crossing the Atlantic and attempting to land in European ports. American frustration climaxed on 18 June 1812, when President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain.
This paper will review the monetary conditions in 17th-century colonial Newfoundland as revealed primarily through finds from recent excavations at Ferryland.
This paper examines the life of Gerald Hart, his interest in numismatics and collecting, and attempts to piece together the details of the sale of Hart’s collection to the Dominion government in order to positively identify which pieces in the National Currency Collection actually belonged to Hart.
The story of the “pretended” Bank of Upper Canada of Kingston is one scandal and political intrigue. Touted as Upper Canada’s first banking institution, the pretended Bank of Upper Canada was a private, unincorporated financial institution.
A trade token is generally a small metal, plastic or cardboard coin-like item that is redeemable for a product or service by the business that issued it. Bus tickets or subway tokens are the common modern variety. Most were made of aluminum and produced by companies who made marking devices, badges and key tags. In Canada, they were especially popular in isolated communities where cash was hard to come by. An excellent example of this is the popularity of trade tokens that arose in Québec’s Gatineau Valley region from the late 19th century through the early 20th. This article appeared in Up the Gatineau, Volume 28, 2002, a publication of the Gatineau Valley Historical Society.
Paul S. Berry, Chief Curator
Paul manages the Collection Services Unit of the Museum which is responsible for the research, development and maintenance of the National Currency Collection. An avid numismatist since age six, Paul is past president of the Canadian Paper Money Society and the Canadian Numismatic Research Society. His personal fields of interest include the money of colonial era Canada, Edo period Japan and early 20th century American sculpture. Paul holds a Combined Honours BA (1980) in History and Art History from the University of Western Ontario.
David Bergeron, Curator
As Curator, David is responsible for the development and the maintenance of the Collection, its library and supporting documentation, and for making it all accessible to the public through a variety of media. David also works within the Collection Services Unit of the Bank of Canada Museum in support of the Museum's mission and vision. David holds a Master's degree in History from the University of Ottawa, and has acquired his expertise in numismatics not only through his own collecting interests, but his years working as a dealer in numismatic material. David has been a fellow of the Canadian Numismatic Research Society since 2009.
Patricia Measures, Collections Manager/Conservator
Patricia has been working as a conservator since 2001. She has experience working with archaeological, ethnographic, decorative and contemporary art collections and treating objects made of wood, ceramic, stone, metal and glass as well as textiles and archival materials. She began her career with a B.A. in archaeology at Wilfred Laurier University and then continued her education at Sir Sandford Fleming College with a diploma in Collections Conservation and Management. She obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Art Conservation Educational Equivalent in Los Angeles in 2004, while working for the Fowler Museum at the University of California. Patricia provides care for the National Currency Collection and guidance on collections storage and maintenance.