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February 21, 2024
In 1858, with London's approval, Province of Canada issued coins minted in England in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 20 cents. With the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, Ottawa issued a new series of coins that were legal tender in the four provinces that signed the 1867 Confederation pact.
February 20, 2024
This is the first time that a series of Canadian bank notes are printed on any material but paper. Bank notes printed on polymer are already in circulation elsewhere. Internationally, the first non-paper notes were produced on a polyethylene material called Tyvek and issued in three countries in the early 1980s.
February 18, 2024
In 1937, part of the government's program to modernize Canadian coins, the caribou head, by Emanuel Hahn, was chosen for the reverse for the 25 cents denomination.
February 17, 2024
Research for a new note series was under way by 1997. As high-resolution colour copiers, inkjet printers, and computer scanners became more affordable, the potential for counterfeiting intensified. With the goal of having a new design ready by 2000, a process that usually takes six years was collapsed into three.
February 15, 2024
During the Second World War, Canadian nickel was in great demand as a war material. This forced the temporary abandonment of its use in the coining of five-cent pieces.
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