Beads to bytes : Canada's national currency collection = Si l'argent m'était conté : la colection nationale de monnaies du Canada.: FB4-9/2008-PDF

Beads to Bytes: Canada’s National Currency Collection—the fourth in a series of books about the Bank of Canada— explores money and the role it has played, and continues to play, in society, through the lens of Canada's National Currency Collection. The Collection is an extraordinary repository of coins, bank notes, and related paraphernalia from around the world. .. The book begins with a chapter on the definition of money, illustrated with examples from the Collection and highlighting money’s various functions and the wide range of objects that have been used as money. It then focuses on the development of the Collection from its origins in the late 19th century to the present day. The mandate of the Currency Museum and its operations are also outlined. The next chapter presents important and unusual examples of coins and notes from classical to contemporary times. This is followed by a chapter devoted to money in society, with particular emphasis on inflation and monetary shortages. The impact of war on money is then explored, and this is followed by an examination of the recent introduction of new forms of monetary instruments that challenge the traditional concept of money. The concluding chapter explores numismatics and how a new collector can take part in this “hobby of kings"--Foreword, p. 4-5.

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Department/Agency Canada. Bank of Canada.
Collaborating author Currency Museum (Canada)
Title Beads to bytes : Canada's national currency collection = Si l'argent m'était conté : la colection nationale de monnaies du Canada.
Variant title Canada's national currency collection
Si l'argent m'était conté : la collection nationale de monnaies du Canada
Publication type Monograph
Language Bilingual-[English | French]
Format Electronic
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Note(s) "December 2008".
Digitized edition from print produced 2008 [by the Bank of Canada].
Includes bibliographic references: p. 120-121.
Issued also in print format.
Text in English and French in parallel columns.
Publishing information [Ottawa] : Bank of Canada = Banque du Canada, c2008.
Description 124 p. : col. ill.
Catalogue number
  • FB4-9/2008-PDF
Subject terms Currency

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