Column: A Glimpse into our Money History

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: A Glimpse into our Money History

Snippet: Money is always changing. I’m not talking about its inflation value. I’m talking about what money is called and the forms it takes. The money our ancestors used over the centuries is different from what we use today. Money has even changed in my lifetime, and whether we’re talking about 1999 or 1899, understanding the money system helps us appreciate the full meaning of old documents.

I grew up with a paper one-dollar bill. On the front was Queen Elizabeth, and on the back was an image of two Russell Boats, the Ancaster and Missinaibi. Between 1974 and 1989, 3.4 billion of these bills were printed.

In 1987, the one-dollar coin arrived on the scene. The queen graced one side and a loon adorned the other. Almost immediately, Canadians began calling the coin a loonie, forever replacing the designation of one-dollar bill. This nickname influenced the name of the two-dollar coin when it arrived in 1996, making it the toonie.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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