The Bank of Canada announced their new commemorative $ 10 note. This is only the fourth time a special commemorative bank note has been made in Canada and only the second time in the country’s history that it features a woman, other than Queen Elizabeth II.
From 2004 to 2011, Therese Casgrain and the Famous Five – a group of Alberta women who fought for women to be considered “men” under the law – were pictured behind the $ 50 bill.
The new, mostly purple polymer banknote “aims to capture our imaginations and instill a sense of pride in what we have achieved as a nation,” said Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.
He added that this note, the design of which began three years ago, “celebrates the natural beauty and majesty of our territory as well as some of the important parliamentarians who helped build our great country”.
The four faces of one of the sides of the new banknote
The banknote features the faces of four federal political figures who helped shape Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone or Akay-na-muka (his name in the language of Feet- Black).
1- Sir John A Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada from 1867 to 1873, and again from 1878 to 1891. He was prime minister for 19 years, a period surpassed only by William Lyon Mackenzie King.
2- George-Étienne Cartier was a French-Canadian politician who played a leading role in the Quebec and Canadian political scene in the 1850s and 1870s. He was a reformer of education and justice systems.
3- Agnes Macphail, an equality and human rights activist, was Canada’s first female MP. First elected in 1921, he then turned to provincial politics, being elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in 1943.
4- James Gladstone was a member of the Kainai (Blood) tribe of the First Nations. He devoted himself to the welfare of Aboriginals in Canada and in 1958 became Canada’s first senator from the First Nations.
A special edition
The 150th anniversary ticket will be a special edition and will not replace the current ticket.
The post also shows pictures of the parliament hall of honor, the names of all the territories and provinces and the arch of the parliament chapel of remembrance.
The arch also includes a color change pattern designed to prevent counterfeiting. There are also maple leaves that look 3D, but are flat to the touch.
On the back, a series of photos represent different landscapes, including mountains, a wheat field, the Canadian Shield, the east coast and the northern lights.
A little Native American touch
The banknote design also incorporates elements of Inuit and Métis culture, including a color depiction of “Owl with a Bouquet” by Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak.
The note is also decorated with a motif that reproduces the characteristic appearance of the arrowhead sash, an important symbol of the Métis.
This back note was made based on suggestions from over 5,000 Canadians.
The new banknotes will be available from June when 40 million of them enter circulation.
Quebecers have cut their Canadian banknotes in half
The Canadian half-currency is so far a phenomenon exclusive to the citizens of Gaspésie, a large coastal region in eastern Quebec.
RCI with information from CBC and The Canadian Press
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