Editor's note: this is the second part of a series by Jeff Starck
exploring the parade of paper money featuring Queen Elizabeth II.
The feature appears in the September monthly issue of Coin World.
From an early age, royal watchers and subjects could celebrate the
The earliest note depicting the future queen is from Canada.
Collectors will find the sweet portrait of a very young Princess
Elizabeth on the Bank of Canada $20 notes issued in 1935. Canada,
being part of the British Empire at the time, used portraits of the
royal family on its paper money.
The portrait on the note shows the queen when she was just 8 years old.
Read the other pieces to this story:
In 1958, Hong Kong issued a new $1 note, this time featuring the
young ruler. Though issued six years after she became queen, and five
years after her coronation, the vignette on the note shows an early
image of the queen, from 1952.
The six-year lag time for the queen’s image to appear on bank notes
actually was a fairly small time difference, compared to some other
notes honoring her.
For example, the portrait on a 1974 $1 note from Fiji dates to 1955,
and Great Britain’s £1 note issued from 1981 to 1984 (the final note
of the denomination for the United Kingdom) displays a portrait from 1956.
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