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Money in Your Pocket

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886 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 16mm, VHS, Digibeta.
"Produced for the Bank of Canada during the design and production of the new bank notes featuring Queen Elizabeth II. The film opens with the counting and destruction of some older notes featuring King George's image. The serial numbers are punched out and the notes burned in an incinerator. Artists and craftsman are shown designing and etching images for various notes including the two, five and ten dollar bills. A man engraves a portrait of Queen Elizabeth onto a soft steel dye and another is shown designing the artwork for the reverse of a ten dollar bill. The process of transferring images to steel plates for printing is shown including heating the plates in a furnace for hardening and the imprinting of images onto plates from a steel roller. Women are shown inspecting sheets of bank notes following printing. Approved sheets are counted and stored in locked cabinets. During the final stage serial numbers and signatures are added completing the transfer of printed paper to legal currency."


"Business in Motion: Films of Current Interest," Canadian Business 27 (November 1954): 128.
"What considerations are involved when a nation designs and prints its paper money? These questions are answered in Money in Your Pocket, which shows the many processes through which a piece of specially-made paper goes before it becomes legal currency. From designing board to chartered banks, the film follows the new Canadian banknotes; illustrated too are the many precautions taken against loss, theft and forgery."

National Film Board of Canada, Films by Other Producers Distributed in Canada by the National Film Board of Canada/Films de divers producteurs distribués au Canada par l’Office national du film du Canada (Montreal: National Film Board of Canada, c.1968), 7.
"How money is made (engraving and lithography), the fate of worn-out bills, and some references to how the Bank of Canada serves the nation."

Crawley Films, Free Films: Sources of Free 16mm Sponsored Films in Canada Compiled and Published by Crawley Films (Ottawa: Crawley Films, April 1969): 6.
"Describes meticulous production of Canada's currency from beginning to end."