Collection

  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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…
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • May 21, 2015

    New Acquisitions

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    Everyone loves getting presents, and we’re no exception. We recently received a very exciting donation of 50 silver coins. The collection was purchased in Lima, Peru, at an estate sale in the 1950s.
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  • February 26, 2015

    New Acquisitions

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    New Acquisitions - What is money but not money? / Nos nouvelles acquisitions - La monnaie dans tous ses états
    What do you think of when you think of money? Is it coins? Is it bank notes? Three-hundred years ago people weren’t sure bank notes were really money; it took a long time for them to get used to the idea.
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  • December 15, 2014

    New Acquisitions

    By: Raewyn Passmore


    The recent additions to the National Currency Collection described below are from very different parts of the world and are between 1500 and 2500 years old.
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  • July 28, 2014

    Becoming a Collector V

    By: Graham Iddon


    Visual glossary of design and security details of Canadian Bank Note: 2004, $20 face
    Suppose you walk into a bar frequented by currency collectors and in an attempt to join in you refer to a ‘planchette’ as a ‘rosette’ (beer mugs hit the tables and the pianist stops playing). This could be pretty humiliating and you’ll probably never be able to go to that bar again, at least not on numismatic night.
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