Objects of value from around the world are contained together in this circular display case. A wampum belt shares the space with shells, cocoa beans, necklaces, beads, and other items, all of which in their own societies were sought after at one point or another.
Beyond Canadian currency, the currency of the world is organized by geographic area, starting in the Americas. This shot contains a familiar sight to my American readers- the Lincoln five dollar bill. But up above it is a Confederate $500 dollar banknote from 1864, complete with a portrait of General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (a brilliant but eccentric commander) in posthumous memory. Confederate money was worthless, for all intents and purposes. Southerners persisted throughout the Civil War in using Union greenbacks, and Confederate currency was backed not in a gold reserve, but the promise of paying back citizens after the war. And at the bottom of this set is an older banknote from St. Pierre and Miquelon. The islands, off the coast of Newfoundland, are the only parts of what was once New France still under French control. These days the islands use the Euro.
More currency- of the central and South American kind.
And then European money comes into the mix. If you look at the third column from the right, you'll see vertical banknotes at the top. At least one of those is Swiss.
The Belgian franc and Dutch gulden bills caught my eye.
So too did the various British denominations.
We pick up with more of this tomorrow.