Canadians urged to submit design ideas for special polymer 2017 commemorative note

Paper Money in the News column from the Jan. 5, 2015, issue of Coin World
By , Coin World
Published : 12/29/15
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The Bank of Canada is encouraging Canadian citizens to submit designs for a special polymer commemorative note to be issued in 2017.

The note would mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and be issued before the July 1 Canada Day holiday in 2017.

No details about the denomination, number of notes to be printed or security features were provided by the bank.

The bank has established a special website,, through which citizens can offer their ideas.

A questionnaire linked to the website is the format for comments and ideas to be offered.

A news release from the bank states:

“In keeping with the Bank’s design principles, we need input from Canadians. Ideas for themes, subject matter and images will be considered as long as they take the following in to account.
• They must adhere to our principles for bank note design.
• They must represent the specific theme for this special note — the 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

“The Bank will also seek advice from subject-matter experts. The designs proposed to the Minister of Finance will be those that best meet the above criteria. The Minister of Finance is responsible for approving any new bank note design in accordance with the Bank of Canada Act.”

First commemorative

Canada has issued only two other commemorative notes. In 1935, $25 notes were issued to mark the silver jubilee of King George V. The face of the note features portraits of King George V and Queen Mary. Under their portraits is the inscription TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACCESSION OF H.M. KING GEORGE V.

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