Paul S. Berry

  • November 8, 2018

    Money of the First World War

    By: Paul S. Berry


    In Europe, gold and silver coins largely disappeared from circulation as they were hoarded or as governments used the metal for the war effort.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • October 2, 2018

    Canada Financially Comes of Age

    By: Paul S. Berry


    The First War Loan included bonds in denominations of up to $100,000. They matured in ten years and paid interest at 5 percent.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • April 18, 2018

    New Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    To distinguish the new production from that of 1936, a small impression was added to the reverse dies, creating a raised dot on coins struck from those tools.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • May 30, 2017

    New Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Although never released for circulation, these two pieces were part of the first official initiative to mint coins in Canada.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • February 8, 2017

    Unpacking the Collection 4

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Often referred to as “bookmark money” because of their narrow, vertical format, Japanese hansatsu were among the world’s most distinctive currencies.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • November 15, 2016

    A Field Trip to Montréal and the MTM Auction: 2

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Several parties were bidding on lot #14 until it reached $10,000, at which point the contest was only between me and the gentleman who had underbid the previous lot.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • November 2, 2016

    A Field Trip to Montréal and the MTM Auction: 1

    By: Paul S. Berry


    The sale room was a hive of activity. About 20 people sat at tables scrutinizing lots, heads bent down with magnifying glasses pressed close to their faces.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 15, 2016

    New Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    In May 2013, staff of the Bank of Canada Museum visited BABN and were able to select for the National Currency Collection more than 650 steel dies (small, engraved metal or “intaglio” plates) and other production tools formerly used by the company to prepare the intaglio printing plates.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • May 11, 2016

    New Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    Canadians, on occasion, have used money as a signboard for political protest, a platform for social commentary and even as a handy notepad on which to record fleeting thoughts before they are lost.
    Content type(s): Blog
  • June 23, 2015

    New Acquisitions

    By: Paul S. Berry


    New Acquisitions / Nouvelles acquisitions
    The Canadian financial system of today is diverse… A little known but once prolific system member was loan and building societies. These firms made loans for the construction or purchase of property against mortgages as collateral.
    Content type(s): Blog
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