Exploring the universe of currency in Canada's capital city
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 02 April 2013 13:46
Lovers of financial history and the evolution of the Canadian currency system will have two very unique and exciting opportunities to learn more when visiting the nation's capital city. Ottawa is home to the Royal Canadian Mint, as well as the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada, which offer information related to the contemporary and historic currency-based components of the nation's financial system.
A walk through currency
The Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada is not only home to artifacts from the North American nation, but also items from China and other countries. Visitors to the museum will get to learn more about the evolution of the note-based currency system, as this establishment offers exhibitions that include some of the earliest bank notes in the world, including those from China.
The science of currency is explored in the museum, including the materials and methods of making bank notes as carried out by a variety of nations throughout the past several centuries. This establishment also gives visitors a more complex and comprehensive view of the knowledge and creativity needed to create currency that cannot be counterfeited.
CENTimental Journey is among the several exhibitions on display at the museum now, and will be open to the public until the beginning of July. Visitors will get to learn more about the nation's recent decision to eradicate the penny from the Canadian currency system. In the Money, which includes ancient currency artifacts, is another exhibit that will be on display for the next several months.
Travellers to Ottawa can enjoy the many exciting exhibits this establishment offers between the hours of 10:30 in the morning through 5:00 in the evening from Tuesday to Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Sundays. This establishment is closed on Mondays.
A mint ending to a currency-filled day
The Royal Canadian Mint has three locations across the nation, but is headquartered in Ottawa. Visitors to the Mint in Ottawa will be able to see the beautiful facility in which the original establishment was created more than 100 years ago. Lovers of classic coins should make visiting the Ottawa Mint boutique a priority when planning a trip to the nation's capital.
This establishment is on Sussex Drive in the downtown area, and offers a guided tour that educates travellers on the intricacies of coin design and mass production. To wrap up a fun-filled day of currency exploration, visitors can see the Million Dollar Coin, which currently holds the record for the largest gold coin ever made.