David Bergeron

  • September 29, 2016

    Royal Canadian Numismatic Association

    By: David Bergeron


    The 63rd annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA)—Canada’s money collector show—was held in Ottawa from 20-24 July 2016.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • August 5, 2016

    New Acquisitions

    By: David Bergeron


    When I was a kid, I liked going to Canadian Tire with my dad because he gave me the Canadian Tire money that he would receive along with his change.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • February 18, 2016

    New Acquisitions

    By: David Bergeron


    In late April of 2015, the National Currency Collection finally succeeded in acquiring a Spanish gold cob—famous in legends and tales of pirates and their buried treasures!
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • September 28, 2015

    Unpacking the Collection 3

    By: David Bergeron


    Before banks were established in remote regions of Canada, paying employees involved shipping currency long distances into wild and often lawless locations. The alternative to this risky enterprise was for the company to issue its own money. Called scrip…
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • August 19, 2015

    Unpacking the Collection 2

    By: David Bergeron


    During 1952, Comfort produced a number of pencil and watercolour design models for the face of the new notes. Some were updates of the traditional style while others were radically modern treatments.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • July 21, 2015

    Unpacking the Collection 1

    By: David Bergeron


    In the mid 60s, high denomination notes were in such low circulation that Bank of Canada Governor Louis Rasminsky and the Minister of Finance discussed the possibility of actually dropping the denomination altogether.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
  • January 30, 2015

    Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Convention

    By: David Bergeron, Paul S. Berry


    The show… is an ideal opportunity for the Bank of Canada Museum to share a part of the National Currency Collection with Canadians. This year, we decided to tell the story of Canada’s phantom banks and the financial crisis of 1837.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • September 16, 2013

    Notes from the Collection : 2013 RCNA Convention Winnipeg

    By: David Bergeron


    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.
    Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Reviews
  • January 1, 2012

    Funding the War of 1812

    By: David Bergeron


    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.

    Content Type(s): Research
  • November 28, 2006

    Early Banking in Kingston and the Story of the "Pretended" Bank of Upper Canada (1810-1822)

    By: David Bergeron


    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.
    Content Type(s): Research