OTD: Dominion of Canada issues first $5 bill

On today’s date in 1912, the Dominion of Canada issued its first $5 banknote, more than 11 million of which were printed.

The country’s first $5 note used a simple vignette of a train as the design rather than the traditional portrait. On the note’s face, the Ocean Limited (now known simply as “The Ocean“) is traveling through Nova Scotia’s Wentworth Valley on the Intercolonial Railway. Towars the top of the face is the printing location and date, “OTTAWA, May 1st, 1912.” Beneath this are the words “DOMINION OF CANADA / WILL PAY TO THE BEARER / FIVE DOLLARS.”

On the back of the note is lathework as well as Roman and Arabic numerals.

The obverse features lathe work and Roman and Arabic numerals.

The back of the note features lathework and Roman and Arabic numerals.

There are eight different types of 1912 $5 banknotes based on seal type, signature combination and signature type.

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