$4.20 CottonMouth Currency, Trudeau protest note

front of zigzag papers design

$4.20 CottonMouth Currency  Merchant Scrip / Political Funny Money. The note falls into a number of collecting categories; Advertising, Merchant Scrip and Political Funny Money. The note was given out at Vancouver’s 4/20 (4/20/2018) Sunset Beach marijuana celebration and protest. The note appears to have a dual purpose, the first is to promote the Cotton Mouth Smoke Shop at 1120 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC. by encouraging customers to redeem the note for $4.20 toward their next purchase at the Davie Street shop. The second is to slow legalization of marijuana by the Trudeau government. The note is printed on 70mm…

Continue reading

Political Wood – Grant Devine, Saskatchewan 1991

Other side saying Good for Nothing, surrounded by Devine Promises Tory Bank of Deficits

CANADIAN POLITICAL WOOD / WOODEN NICKEL Grant Devine, Premier of Saskatchewan, 1982 to 1991 Patronage and Corruption,  1-1/2”  Political wood. Possibly issued as a political protest around the time of the 1991 Sask. election. Devine’s PC government fell to the Saskatchewan NDP in 1991 after driving the province into a record $14-billion debt. Devine became synonymous with corruption after 14 of his MLAs, including eight Ministers, and two party workers were convicted for fraud. Six went to jail. Another, former Assiniboia-Gravelbourg PC MLA Jack Wolfe, tormented over having to testify against his friends and former colleagues, and by the fact he was…

Continue reading

Canadian Satirical Political Note / Funny Money

Political $2 Note Vanderzalm

  Here’s a Bill (William) Vander Zalm, satirical political note, over-written in blue ink on a genuine Canadian $2 bank note.  One bird appears to be thinking or talking to the other, “WHO’D VOTE FOR AN IDIOT LIKE VANDERZALM”.  Probably issued as a protest note during the 1986 provincial election. The same year the bird series notes came out. In 1986, then Premier Bennett announced he was retiring. Vander Zalm, local businessman and political activist attracted considerable attention as he considered whether he would run for the leadership of the Social Credit Party. He generated more press out of the race than…

Continue reading

Funny Money Introduction / Diefenbaker dollars

Diefenbaker - 92-1/2 cents.

Funny Money is seldom funny and rarely money. The phrase “Funny Money” was first coined by the Social Credit movement in the 1930s. Collectors now use the phrase to refer to any piece of paper with a political message and a loose resemblance to currency. Occasionally the message supports but, more often, opposes a political party. Many examples of funny money are highly scurrilous; especially those issued by private, often anonymous, individuals. The amateurish designs, often caricatures plagiarized from newspaper editorial cartoons, seem to represent a genuine form of folk art that falls in the numismatic category known as “Exonumia”…

Continue reading