On Sept. 9 at about 12:30 p.m. EST, as Queen Elizabeth II added another milestone to an already lengthy list, the Bank of Canada unveiled – for only the third time ever – a commemorative banknote to mark the occasion. Only the third commemorative bill to be issued by the Bank of Canada since it first began issuing banknotes in 1935, this new $20 note honours Her Majesty’s historic reign, which, on Sept. 9, became the longest in modern Canadian history at more than 63 years (however, the longest-reigning monarch of Canada was arguably Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years, although many will ignore these pre-Confederation sovereigns). Continue reading →
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s you read this we are in the last few days of public voting for the Canada 150 program. The program offers a rare chance for Canadians to participate in the design selection process, something I applaud. I’ve always been a fan of circulating commemorative coins, particularly programs. They get regular people looking at that their coins, and encourage collecting pocket change; a risk-free entry into coin collecting that is pure fun. Once rare, we have had a number of programs going back to the 1967 series marking the 100th anniversary of Confederation. In more recent memory, the two biggest programs were the Canada 125 program of 1992, and the Millennium series of coins issued in 1999 and 2000.
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