The Bank of Canada has unveiled a commemorative $10 banknote to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It’s only the fourth time in Canada’s history that it has created a commemorative banknote.
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Ginette Petitpas Taylor, parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance, made the announcement and showed off the bill at the bank’s headquarters in Ottawa Friday.
There will be 40 million notes printed — “just more than enough for every Canadian to keep one,” according to Poloz. The bank says they will enter circulation on June 1.
The front of the bill features portraits of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and fellow Father of Confederation Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Canada’s first female member of Parliament, Agnes MacPhail, and James Gladstone, Canada’s first Indigenous senator and a member of the Kainai (Blood) Tribe.
Poloz said the reverse of the bill was designed to include a variety of Canadian vistas, based on public feedback on what Canadians wanted to see on the bill.
The landscapes include the Lions and Capilano Lake from British Columbia, fields of Prairie wheat, the Canadian Shield as seen in Quebec, a view of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland and Labrador and the northern lights as they would be seen in Wood Buffalo National Park.