News & Events

  • December 23, 2016

    Is That Blitzen on Our Quarter?

    By: Graham Iddon


    Well into my adulthood, I had assumed that the noble beast gracing the reverse side of our quarters was a moose. Clearly, I was not a terribly observant coin collector.
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  • December 21, 2016

    A Bank NOTE-able Woman III

    By: Graham Iddon


    Desmond truly exemplifies a Canadian who has overcome barriers, is inspirational to others, has made a positive change to society and in so doing, left a lasting legacy.
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  • May 24, 2016

    A bank NOTE-able Woman II

    By: Graham Iddon


    On 15 April, the public consultation to select an iconic Canadian woman to appear on a bank note closed. Over 26,000 nominations were received following the Bank of Canada’s open call—a great success.
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  • April 11, 2016

    A bankNOTEable Woman

    By: Graham Iddon


    Representing significant women on national currency is gaining momentum all over the world. At least 12 countries currently feature historically notable women on their money…
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  • March 1, 2016

    CMA Museum Enterprises Conference 2016

    By: Nicole Gurski


    At the end of January, 2016 I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Museums Association Museum Enterprises Conference in Toronto. This three-day event focused on visitor services in museums, art galleries and even aquariums and zoos.
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  • December 17, 2015

    What’s in Your Stocking?

    By: Graham Iddon


    Every prop in the holiday drama generally has some sort of symbolic meaning—evergreen trees: life in the dead of winter, holly: Christ’s crown of thorns, the dreidel: Jewish resistance to oppression. Money, on the other hand, only seems to symbolize itself.
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  • November 10, 2015

    Money from Space

    Do you notice anything peculiar about this bank note? It’s blue; it’s denominated as 5-dollar; it has handsome portraits of Sir Wilfred Laurier on it…hold on a minute!
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  • September 15, 2015

    The 2015 Commemorative $20 Bank Note Revealed

    By: Graham Iddon


    It’s a historic day for us as well. It isn’t every day that the Bank of Canada introduces a new commemorative note.
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  • November 28, 2014

    The Big Nickel

    By: Paul S. Berry


    The commemorative 1951 5 cent piece was issued to mark the 200th anniversary of the naming of nickel and its isolation as an element. Recently, I had the great pleasure to participate in the Big Nickel anniversary festivities and give a talk about the design competition for the 1951 5 cent coin.
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  • August 6, 2014

    The Senior Deputy Governor’s Signature

    By: Graham Iddon


    Steven S. Poloz & Carolyn Wilkins
    For much of their history, Canadian bank notes have represented a promise, a guarantee that they could be redeemed for “specie” (gold and silver coins) at their parent institution.
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