Created in the mid-20th century to preserve Canada’s banking and financial history, the National Currency Collection (NCC) takes an egalitarian approach to its holdings, which include more than 130,000 artifacts from around the world. The NCC received its mandate in 1962 – three years after its creation by the Bank of Canada – to create the most comprehensive collection of Canadian coins, tokens and banknotes. Its directive eventually expanded to include foreign currency, and bank officials officially designated the collection as the NCC in 1977. By 1980, it served as the foundation for the newly opened Currency Museum (now known as the Bank of Canada Museum). “This fantastic collection that we have as Canadians isn’t a private collection,” said NCC curator David Bergeron, who’s also a Fellow of the Canadian Numismatic Research Society. “This is everyone’s collection; I’ve just had the privilege, for the past 25 years, to take care of it. Anybody can come and see it, marvel at it, cherish it, research it – do whatever you need to do.” Continue reading →
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