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W.C.S. 1994 35th Anniversary Currency

In 1994, Waterloo Coin Society celebrated its 35th anniversary. As part of the festivities, member Earl Sheriff instigated the creation of some commemorative "bunknotes". Members of the club were invited to submit designs. Several designs were submitted and circulated at the March meeting. The notes were officially unveiled at the annual banquet that year. Complete with a complimentary banknote sleeve, each note sold for $3.

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Front
W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Back

Waterloo Coin Society 35th Anniversary Currency, Note 000001

The anniversary currency is produced using digital design software, innovative for its time. The front of the note features a prominent image of Napoleon, representing the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, and in turn Waterloo, Ontario, the home of our club. Also present are dual six-digit serial numbers and details about the club's meetings.

The back of the anniversary currency has a large "Waterloo Coin Society" at the top, a historic Conestoga wagon, a common form of transport used by German settlers beginning in the early 1700s. The covered wagons brought the migrants from the United States into the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Then-president and treasurer John McIntyre and Bruce Raszmann signed the original note before being reproduced.

The initials of the designer, Earl W. Sheriff, appear in the bottom left area of the face of the note. Approximately 150 notes were issued in green on parchment paper. Despite a face value of $35, the note was only a souvenir and is not redeemable.

The Waterloo Coin Society has note number 000001 in its archives and has a limited quantity of additional notes. Also in the archives are several pieces which were either original design submissions or iterative prototypes leading up to the final produced pieces.

Design Submissions

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 1, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 1, Back

Submission 1

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 2, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 2, Back

Submission 2

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 3, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 3, Back

Submission 3

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 4, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Submission 4, Back

Submission 4

Iterative Prototypes

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 1, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 1, Back

Prototype 1

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 2, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 2, Back

Prototype 2

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 3, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 3, Back

Prototype 4

W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 4, Front W.C.S. 35th Anniversary Currency, Prototype 4, Back

Prototype 4

References:

  • Our 35th Anniversary "Bunknote", Waterloo Coin Society Newsletter, March 1994
  • Earl’s Bunknote Project, Waterloo Coin Society Newsletter, April 1994
  • 35th Anniversary "Bunk Note" Available at Banquet, Waterloo Coin Society Newsletter, June 1994
  • Bunknotes a Hit With Rag Picker Crowd!, Waterloo Coin Society Newsletter, July 1994
  • Bunk Notes Still Available!, Waterloo Coin Society Newsletter, August 1994