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Commemorative $10 bill honours Canada’s 150th

A commemorative $10 bank note celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation was unveiled today. The note – showcasing Canada’s history, land and culture – was revealed during a ceremony at the Bank’s head office in Ottawa. It will enter into circulation June 1, 2017.

Starting in June, the Bank of Canada will issue 40 million of the commemorative bank notes and distribute them through financial institutions. The Canada 150 note will circulate alongside the current polymer series $10 note, but it
does not replace it.

“This bank note is intended to captivate our imagination and instill pride in what we, as a nation, have accomplished,” said Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. “It celebrates the natural beauty and majesty of our land and some of the important parliamentarians who helped shape our great country.”

For the first time, four individuals are portrayed on the front of a Canadian bank note – Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone or Akay-na-muka—his Blackfoot name. With Parliament’s Hall of Honour in the background, these four parliamentarians are to show Canada has been shaped by the vision, courage and effort of people of different backgrounds.

Upon circulation, the commemorative note will mark the first time that a Canadian woman and an Indigenous Canadian are depicted as portrait subjects on a Bank of Canada bank note.

The design also incorporates Inuit and Metis cultural elements: a colourful reproduction of the artwork Owl’s Bouquet by world-renowned Inuit artist
Kenojuak Ashevak; and the distinctive arrow sash pattern, an important symbol of the Métis nation.

The Canada 150 note also showcases five different landscapes representing the various regions of Canada – the Lions/Twin Sisters (Western Canada), a wheat field (Prairie provinces), the Canadian Shield (Central Canada), Cape Bonavista (Eastern Canada) and the Northern lights (Northern Canada).

The commemorative $10 note also has new security features, including a colour-shifting arch depicting an arch found in the Memorial Chamber on Parliament Hill, as well as three-dimensional maple leaves.

As announced in December, human rights and freedoms icon Viola Desmond will be featured on a new $10 note, which will mark another historic first. Desmond will become the first Canadian woman to be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada bank note, expected in late 2018.

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