Last updated on February 7th, 2018 at 04:57 pm
Last Updated on February 7, 2018 Posted by Colonial Acres Coins
Canada is one of two dozen countries today that prinet their money on polypropylene, which is a substrate. The reason for using a substrate is because it represents a security feature. Counterfeiters can’t easily copy notes like Canadian paper money if extremely expensive or highly unusual material is used to print it.
Another advantage of using polymer to print Canadian paper money is its durability. Because of its composition, polymer resists the soiling of daily handling, can withstand extreme instances of folding and will typically last two and a half times longer than a paper note. Polymer also allows for a completely new take on the design and security of paper money, which makes it an ideal choice.
Canadian Paper Money: The Polymer Series
There have been several editions of Canadian notes on polymer-based material, such as the following:
- The Polymer Series $20 Commemorative Note
- The Polymer Series $5 Note
- The Polymer Series $10 Note
- The Polymer Series $20 Note
- The Polymer Series $50 Note
- The Polymer Series $100 Note
The Polymer Series $20 Commemorative Note
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth surpassed the reign of Queen Victoria of 63 years and 216 days on 9 September 2015. In order to commemorate this historic milestone, the Bank of Canada made sure to issue a commemorative banknote which is a variation of the current Polymer series $20 note. The unique design of this commemorative Canadian paper money note includes a full colour, metallic portrait of Her Majesty. Based on Yousuf Karsh’s 1951 picture, the design features the only instance of Queen Elizabeth with her crown on a Canadian banknote.
The Polymer Series $5 Note
The one of a kind design of this note features space exploration as the main theme. This puts an emphasis on Canada’s innovations in robotics, which is an ongoing contribution to the International Space Station program. This note in the Polymer series was released in 2013; however, its unveiling was a memorable event. Broadcast in part live from the International Space Station, the unveiling featured Chris Hadfield, Space Station Commander and a Canadian astronaut. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney also participated in the event.
The Polymer Series $10 Note
When it comes to paper money in Canada that symbolizes national pride, the Polymer series $10 note is one of the best examples. The central vignette on the back depicts the VIA Rail passenger train that runs from Toronto to Vancouver. The image, based on a photograph taken in Jasper National Park, depicts uniting the country by rail as one of the young nation’s greatest achievements. The front of the note features a colourized version of the portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald.
The Polymer Series $20 Note
The back of this note features a vignette of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial found on the site of the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France. The front is where a new portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is located. The portrait is based on a recent and officially approved photograph of the Queen commissioned by the Bank of Canada. Engraved by Jorge Peral, art director of the Canadian Bank Note Company, the portrait is a true work of art that ads a beautiful touch to this note.
The Polymer Series $50 Note
Canada’s northern frontier and Arctic research are the dominant themes of the Polymer series $50 note. The designer for the entire Polymer series was Canadian Bank Note Company art director Jorge Peral. In order to capture the photograph that was used as the main image in the vignette on the back of the note, Peral hung out of a helicopter over the Gulf of St. Lawrence and took the picture of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. The official issuing of the note took place at the Canadian Coast Guard port facility in Quebec in 2012.
The Polymer Series $100 Note
The main theme of the Polymer series $100 note, which was the first of the Polymer series notes to be issued, is innovation in medical research. The image of a researcher looking into a microscope is featured on the vignette on the back, surrounded by images of a DNA strand. Nominated for Bank Note of the Year for 2011 by the International Bank Note Society, the Polymer series $100 note was released on 14 November 2011, or World Diabetes Day.
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