One of the Last Canadian Cents on Display at Money Museum

Royal Canadian Mint Recently Donated Special Cent to ANA Collection

 

A new display at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum marks the end of an era and a major milestone in the history of money. The second-to-last Canadian cent ever produced is on display at the downtown Colorado Springs museum through 2012.

Canada recently retired its one-cent piece, 154 years after its introduction in 1858. The last Canadian cents were struck during a May 4 ceremony.

This exhibit incorporates a two-minute video about the final day of cent production at the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg, along with examples of previous Canadian cent designs, the second-to-last cent struck and a special presentation letter from the Royal Canadian Mint.

“The discontinuation of the Canadian cent is the end an era. It marks a trend in world coinage where nations are simplifying their currencies and cutting costs by getting rid of their smallest denominations,” said Money Museum Curator Douglas Mudd. “Canada has been one of the last holdouts; it remains to be seen if the U.S. will follow suit in the future.”

James B. Love, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Royal Canadian Mint, presented the coin to ANA President Thomas Hallenbeck and ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin during a special Aug. 9 presentation at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM in Philadelphia.

Images are available upon request; please email pr@money.org.

The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave. in Colorado Springs. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students or military and free for children 12 and under. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 719-632-2646 or email tours@money.org.

The American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum lets visitors discover the world of money through entertaining and interactive exhibits. As the nation’s largest museum dedicated solely to numismatics, the museum uses money as a means to explore culture, art, science and history. Learn the stories behind the money and see how 2,600 years of human experience is reflected in money.

The museum collection consists of 275,000 objects encompassing the history of money, from its invention in the Kingdom of Lydia to the modern day. This includes paper money, coins, tokens and medals from all over the world. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.

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