Canada gets a new $10 for its 150th birthday

Jun 1 2017, 5:48 pm

Canada is getting a new $10 bill for its 150th birthday.

The new banknote was unveiled on Thursday morning by the Bank of Canada (BOC) in Ottawa.

“This bank note reflects the pride we feel about our country’s accomplishments and the hope we have for our future,” said Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz in a statement.

“But it also underpins the confidence Canadians can have in their bank notes.  The new security features of this $10 note make it the most secure Canadian bank note to date.”

The front of the bill features four Canadians who played significant roles in the country’s history:

  • Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister.
  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier, a principal architect of Canadian federalism.
  • Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons.
  • James Gladstone, or Akay-na-muka (his Blackfoot name), Canada’s first senator of First Nations origin.

The back of the bill features five Canadian landscapes representing various regions of the nation:

  1. The Lions/Twin Sisters (Western Canada)
  2. A wheat field (Prairie provinces)
  3. The Canadian Shield (Central Canada)
  4. Cape Bonavista (Eastern Canada)
  5. The Northern Lights (Northern Canada)

The banknote will go into circulation today and only 40 million notes —roughly one for every Canadian— will be issued.

The new notes will circulate alongside the current bill, but will not replace it.

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