You should get to know us better
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. (yes, we do have a three dollar bill - several, in fact)
How on earth did an “S” with a line or two through it come to represent a dollar? Any ideas? No? That’s OK, you’re in good company.
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.
The printing firms’ design teams went to work and came back with a surprising result: vertical notes.
One of the key elements of our Museum mission statement is ‘…to bring the work of the Bank of Canada to Canadians.’ Like so much else at the Museum, this process is still very much under construction. We do apologize. But, don’t despair, please visit the Bank’s main website where you will find many resources explaining all of the Bank’s functions, purposes and history.