Week 5 B -Graphics, Typography & Package Design

Week Ten Graphics, Typography & Package Design

4. Stamps and Currency

4.20. Canadian Note, Canada, 1868-1869

Canada' s First Notes

"Between 1868 and 1869 the Dominion government withdrew from circulation and exported several million U.S. silver coins, which were actually worth only 80 per cent of their face value. This ensured that Canadian coins were the only coinage in use in Canada. Waiting for the 1870 series of coins to arrive from England, the central government resorted to issuing 25-cent notes. The public dubbed these small notes "shinplasters" after similar U.S. notes that were reputedly used, during the American revolution, to line soldiers' boots. The initial issue was followed by two others, the last occurring in 1923. "