Bank of Canada to issue commemorative Canada 150 note on June 1

As announced last year, the Bank of Canada will issue a commemorative banknote this July to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

Since its inception, the Bank of Canada has only issued three other commemorative banknotes—one on Sept. 9, 2015, when the Queen became the longest-reigning sovereign in Canada’s modern era; one in 1967 to honour the 100th anniversary of Confederation; and another, the first, in 1935, to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

This was the first commemorative banknote issued by the Bank of Canada. It honoured King George V’s Silver Jubilee.

On June 1, it will issue another – a polymer $10 note – the design of which is now finalized. Further details, including security features, the number of commemorative notes that will circulate, and the means to obtain the new issue, will be announced when the note is unveiled in the coming weeks.

Canadians had the opportunity to contribute ideas for the note’s design via an online questionnaire between Dec. 5, 2014 and Jan. 8, 2015. More than 1,400 Canadians participated in the questionnaire, and another 3,700 Canadians participated in other nationally representative surveys. A summary of this input will also be shared when the note is unveiled.

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