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Canada: new commemorative 20-Dollars note

The Bank of Canada honouring the Historic Reign of Queen Elizabeth II issued on September 9, 2015 a commemorative banknote that is a variation of the existing 20-Dollars note in the Polymer series.


Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning sovereign in Canada’s modern era. As Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II figures prominently on Canadian banknotes. Since the Bank of Canada issued its first series of notes in 1935, several portraits of Her Majesty throughout her life and long reign have appeared on our currency. This look back at her portrayal over the decades celebrates her long-standing relationship with the Bank and enduring ties to our country.


The commemorative note features a full-colour metallic portrait of the Queen in the large window. This is the first and only time she is shown wearing any type of crown on a Canadian bank note. It is accompanied by a depiction of her Royal Cypher, a garland of maple leaves and the inscription “A Historic Reign • Un règne historique.”


The engraving for the printed portrait on the $20 note in the Polymer series issued in 2012 was created by Jorge Peral, Vice-President of Design and Master Engraver at the Canadian Bank Note Company. It is based on a photograph taken by Ian Jones that was specially commissioned by the Bank and replicated for the holographic image.


Similar to the 2015 commemorative note, a metallic portrait of the Queen appears in the large window of the original $20 note in the Polymer series. This holographic image is one of the cutting-edge security features that make this series difficult to counterfeit.