Bank of Canada is commemorating the historic reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a special edition of a new $20 bill

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In September 11, 2015

Source: Bank of Canada

On 9 September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest reigning British monarch, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years and 216 days.
To mark this historic reign, the Bank of Canada will issue a special commemorative $20 banknote. Unlike any other Canadian bank note, in this 2015 edition, the queen is shown wearing a crown. The portrait placed in the note’s window is based on a 1951 picture by Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh about 6 months after the Queens accession to the throne.

Ottawa, Ontario, 9 September 2015: The Bank of Canada’s Chief of Currency, Richard Wall, unveiled the commemorative note, together with the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

“This is a unique milestone in the history of the monarchy in our country, and the Bank of Canada is honoured to mark the occasion in this special way. Over Her Majesty’s reign, the technology behind our bank notes has continually evolved – to the state-of-the-art polymer notes we have today. It is therefore fitting that we are commemorating this historic occasion by using one of the most advanced security features of our current notes – the large holographic window,” said Mr. Wall.

The Bank of Canada will issue 40 million commemorative notes, the first of which will start to be available at financial institutions across Canada tomorrow (10 September 2015). They will circulate alongside the existing $20 note, which will continue to be issued and will comprise the vast majority of $20 notes in circulation.


Photo: Bank of Canada; 660 News website