Notice of Temporary Closure

In a pre-emptive measure to protect visitors and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19, the Bank of Canada Museum has temporarily closed to the public and suspended all public programming.

The Museum Blog


March 29, 2019

TTC Tokens and the Proposed 1978 Cent

By: David Bergeron

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.
Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): Collection
March 8, 2019

The Vertical Note That Almost Was

By: Graham Iddon

The printing firms’ design teams went to work and came back with a surprising result: vertical notes.
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February 19, 2019

The Coming of the Toonie

By: David Bergeron, Graham Iddon

The life expectancy of a two-dollar paper note was about a year. But coins can last for more than 10 years.
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February 8, 2019

The Canadian Roots of the “Greenback”

By: Graham Iddon

Successfully counterfeiting a bank note in the mid-19th century required an engraver with reasonably high talent and very low ethics.
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January 30, 2019

What’s Up Next for 2019?

By: Graham Iddon

Instead of bragging about our visitor statistics and the popularity our programming (both great!), we’ll talk about what’s coming up for early 2019.
Content Type(s): Blog Subject(s): News & Events

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