The permanent exhibition space within the Bank of Canada Museum concerns itself with currency, both Canadian and foreign, and the development and nuances of economic systems over time. This display early on in the proceedings gives tips on how to tell a real bill from a counterfeit, in this case the five dollar bill featuring Wilfred Laurier.
A display case nearby contains a number of Canadian coins. Each are accompanied by an alpha numeric code.
The details for each of those codes are unveiled on nearby screens. The bracelet concept I mentioned yesterday with its microchip is the easiest way to access the screens which allow one to view specific details on a given coin or bill. This is the case throughout the museum in regards to other currency and artifacts. It winds up saving a good deal of space as opposed to labeling everything directly in the display cases.
The collection here includes the last Canadian penny to be minted.
And it includes a two dollar coin, known as the toonie, among many other coins either in the display or in the database.
Counterfeiting in Canada has been an issue from the earliest days, a common issue in other countries around the world. Every bit of currency you see in the shot below is counterfeit.
Bringing them up on the screen gives details on two of the forgeries, an older one and a more recent one bearing the image of the Queen.
For today I leave off with this display case on bank note production.