Banknotes – examples of the printer’s art

Paper currency in Canada has historically been issued by the chartered banks — hence the term BANKNOTES. While at McGill University Press I met a collector in Ottawa of Canadian banknotes and borrowed the ones shown here, among others to try and interest the Press in publishing a book about them as the tell the history of Canada from a colourful and interesting viewpoint. It was not to be, however, as all our banknotes are still legal tender and cannot be reproduced. Poor McGill would have to get an act of Parliament passed to allow us to do a book, and quickly gave up the idea. So I’m left with these beautiful samples of the printer’s art of creating gorgeous banknotes, which was ended in 1935 by the government.

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