April 1, 2019
How on earth did an “S” with a line or two through it come to represent a dollar? Any ideas? No? That’s OK, you’re in good company.
March 29, 2019
In 1977, the Royal Canadian Mint wanted to reduce the size of the penny in response to the rising price of copper. Little did the Mint know that the Toronto Transit Commission’s reaction would force the cancellation of the program.
March 8, 2019
The printing firms’ design teams went to work and came back with a surprising result: vertical notes.
February 19, 2019
The life expectancy of a two-dollar paper note was about a year. But coins can last for more than 10 years.
February 8, 2019
Successfully counterfeiting a bank note in the mid-19th century required an engraver with reasonably high talent and very low ethics.
January 24, 2019
As in any siege, Mafeking quickly began to run short of most things, not the least of which was cash.
January 3, 2019
The size of the 1-cent coin was reduced to save on the cost of copper. At the same time, there were proposals to mint Canadian coins out of cheap and abundant nickel.
December 28, 2018
In Canada playing cards were used as form of emergency money at a time when the colony constantly suffered from a shortage gold and silver coins.
December 14, 2018
During the first international assembly of the Ligo in 1946, a decision was made to introduce a common world currency with an internationally stable value.
December 11, 2018
Wars have been fought to control its trade and gifts of it have been made to ensure peace. It has even been used as currency.