Collection

  • 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.
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  • March 31, 2017

    Unpacking the Collection 5

    By: David Bergeron


    In the middle of the 19th century, a French lawyer and adventurer named d’Antoine de Tounens became fascinated by the Mapuche people of the Patagonia region of South America. At the time, they were struggling to protect their ancestral lands, their identity and their culture from colonial expansion by the governments of Chile and Argentina.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • June 27, 2016

    Repairing Steel Dies

    Before they were to be placed in collection storage, these broken dies were evaluated for further conservation treatment. Ultimately, the decision was made to repair the breaks.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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