Last updated on May 28th, 2018 at 02:09 am
Last Updated on May 28, 2018 Posted by Colonial Acres Coins
The formation of the Bank of Canada in 1935 signified the creation of modern Canadian paper money. Seven different series of banknotes have been produced by the Bank of Canada since its inception. Let’s take a look at those series ranging from commemorative notes to regular currency.
On the day it opened for business on the 11th of March 1935, the Bank of Canada released the first series of banknotes, which included a $25 Commemorative Note, as well as; $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1000 notes. In addition to one set having been made in French, another one was also produced in English.
1937 The Bilingual Series
This series of notes included: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $1000 notes. Prompted by the death of King George V, this was the first bilingual and second overall series created by the Bank of Canada.
1954 The Canadian Landscape Series
This series of banknotes were created by Charles Comfort, a Canadian artist. A $1 commemorative note, as well as $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $1000 notes were included in this series. Comfort opted to feature Canadian landscapes on the images, setting them apart from the previous series.
1969-1979 Scenes Of Canada Series
This series features scenes of Canada with unique colouring, which meant colour was the main feature. To make the reproducing of notes difficult, security features were added. This was the first series that discontinued featuring predominantly British Monarchs, and instead featured several different prime ministers of Canada. The series included: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $1000 notes.
1986 The Birds Of Canada Series
A more accurate colour printing process was created for the notes in this series because more advanced security printers were used for its production. To stop copies of this series of notes from being made, an optical security device was introduced. Due to being simple visually and politically neutral, the decision was also made to feature birds in this series. The series was the first not to feature a $1 note and the last to carry the $2 and $1000 notes. Despite these changes, the following notes were included: $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $1000 notes.
2001-2006 Canadian Journey Series
This was the first series of Canadian notes to be completely designed by computer. The notes were also pioneers in that the citizens of Canada had a say as to what would be depicted on them. It was decided that images showing achievements or values would be used on the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes.
2011 to 2013 Polymer Series
The Polymer Series is the latest and most advanced created by the Bank of Canada. A substrate known as polypropylene was used to create the notes, making the Polymers Series extremely difficult to be counterfeited and offers new possibilities in terms of design and security. The series features a $20 commemorative note, in addition to the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes.
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