Salt Spring Dollars are a regional currency issued by the Salt Spring Island Monetary Foundation to promote local history, art and goodwill on Salt Spring Island, an island in British Columbia, Canada.
The first issuance of the currency took place on September 15, 2001. They are exchanged at par with the Canadian dollar, and used at most businesses throughout the island. They were given the distinct symbol $$, to denote Salt Spring Island Issued. In order to give the currency financial backing, the Salt Spring Island Monetary Foundation, the issuer of the bills, backed the money up with Canadian dollars.
Also, in late 2006, a 1/2 ounce coin of .999 fine silver was issued in the amount of $$50.
Bills were, and still are, issued in $$1, $$2, $$5, $$10, $$20, $$50, and $$100 denominations. Each bears the image of a distinct figure from Saltspring history, such as Henry Wright Bullock ($$1 bill), Matilda Naukana Harris ($$2 bill), or Sylvia Stark ($$5 bill). Along with the figure is a quote by Albert Einstein: "How I wish that somewhere there existed an Island for those who are wise and of good will! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot." In the centre exists a landscape shot of select locations on the island.
The reverse of the bills feature paintings from local artists. Robert Bateman was given the honour of having his artwork grace the $$50 and $$100 bills.
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