Bank of Canada gets nerdy to celebrate anniversary


  • TECH
  • Monday, 17 Apr 2017

Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada, stands for a photograph with a copy of a commemorative $10 note at Bank of Canada headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, On Friday, April 7, 2017. The special bank note — showcasing Canada's history, land and culture — will enter into circulation on 1 June. Photographer: Chris Roussakis/ Bloomberg

OTTAWA: The Bank of Canada may not be known for its humour but it marked the nation's 150th anniversary with a bit of whimsy, embedding a computer code in its website that lets users unlock a digital celebration. 

Though Governor Stephen Poloz unveiled a commemorative C$10 banknote at a live ceremony last week, the central bank's Web team had a nerdier take on the event. 

The team programmed the Konami code, a sequence of keystrokes used by gamers, onto a bank webpage announcing the banknote. Enter the code on the page and your screen is showered with tiny C$10 bills as a tinny rendition of Canada's national anthem plays. 

"The response so far has been exceptional," the bank's spokewoman Josianne Menard said in an email. 

The webpage www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/banknote150/ allows users to inspect the purple banknote front and back, but it is the entry of Konami code keystrokes – up up down down left right left right b a – that brings the announcement to life. 

The code was first used in early generation computer games to allow players to cheat and unlock special in-game features. — Reuters

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