As in any siege, Mafeking quickly began to run short of most things, not the least of which was cash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re really rather nice. We are here to help you understand what the Bank does and how it matters to you. But, we are also a museum in the traditional sense, so the history of World and Canadian currency will also be explored: exhibiting fascinating artifacts and rare examples of money the likes of which you may have never seen before.
Find out what the Bank does, who runs the Bank and how it is separate from the political process. Learn about our history and find links to the Bank’s governance documents.