I had lunch yesterday with a couple preparing to go on a vacation to Canada.
Giving their plans a numismatic twist was the fact that they will be taking some Canadian coins and bank notes with them.
As an experiment, they have been accumulating some of the floating supplies of such material in Iola. Coins and notes from Canada tend to accumulate here as the country is a favored fishing spot for many of my neighbors.
These fishermen and other vacationers tend to bring back small amounts of Canadian currency each time they visit.
If you have ever vacationed in a foreign country, you know how it works. You can never precisely plan your cash needs and there is always a little left when you recross the border to the United States heading home.
The test will come when these accumulated Canadian items are repatriated and presented to banks/businesses along the way.
Some I expect will pass with no problem as they are current. Other items, such as $1 Canadian bank notes, which haven’t been current for over 20 years, is another kettle of fish. Will banks still take them?
I haven’t researched this particular question in many years. If I ever knew the answer, it has long since vanished from my memory.
What the attractions of the notes are today, if any, I cannot say.
I am eager to learn the outcome of this little experiment when they return.