Thanks to Coin Update for the link to this article on a new book on counterfeiting in Canada.
Anyone who thought they would leave a meeting about a book about counterfeiting money with the tools to become selfmade millionaires - so to speak - came away sorely disappointed on Nov. 9. For the rest who came to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte for the right reasons were treated to a presentation by authors James Powell and Jill Moxley for their new book Faking It! A History of Counterfeiting in Canada.
The book took three years to write, and drew upon the help of not only the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but also the Bank of Canada's national currency collection - once they knew that their book was legit, of course. In fact, the bank even helped out with some of the book's financing too, not surprising since, well, they have a license to print money: no, really. When it came to statistics and pictures, "we owe a big debt to the RCMP," said Moxley, no pun intended, of course. "We hope that it is fun to read and scholarly at the same time," she added.
Powell had said he wanted to have the book ready for November - of 2011, in time for when the Bank of Canada's new $100 bills hit the market. Well, clearly that didn't happen, but now they are out in time for the new polymer $5 and $10 bills, so it is more likely that people - especially poorer people - will see the changed bills and be thinking about fighting counterfeiting.
"They are probably the most secure and safe currency in the world," said Powell.
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