Canada’s new $10 vertical note is expected to be used in cash transactions this year.
The note, which features Civil Rights pioneer, Viola Desmond, is a first for Bank of Canada with its unique vertical design. A press release from the Bank of Canada Wednesday points out several key features of the note to help businesses understand it.
“As with Canada’s other notes, the new $10 has bold security features,” states the release.
There are several key features to look out for:
• Feel the smooth, unique texture of the note. It’s made from a single piece of polymer with some transparent areas.
• Feel the raised ink on the front of the note, namely on the portrait, the word “Canada” and the large number ‘10’ at the bottom.
• Look at the detailed metallic images and symbols in and around the large transparent window.
• Look at the pattern in the eagle feather. Tilt the note to see the colour shift from gold to green.
• Flip the note to see the elements inside the large window repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side.
This new note will become a permanent $10 note while the 150th anniversary of Canada note printed in 2017 was a limited edition print.
When it comes to fraud prevention, Canadian bills will be released every few years.
“This will allow the bank to integrate the latest security features each time a new bank note is issued, ensuring that Canadians can continue to use their bank notes with confidence,” states the release.
Getting to know Viola Desmond
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Born, Viola Irene Desmond on July 6, 1914, Desmond was a Canadian Nova Scotia business woman.
In 1946 she was kicked out of a whites-only area in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and was convicted of a minor tax violation. In 2010 she was granted a posthumous pardon. Desmond died in Feb. 7, 1965.
Desmond was also named a National Historic Person in 2018