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Canada’s $10 Vertical Bill Named Best Banknote In The World

Best Banknote In The World

Photo: Bank of Canada

Canada’s historical $10 vertical bill has been named the best banknote in the world.

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announced that its voting membership has selected the Bank of Canada to receive its prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2018.

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The vertical $10 bill, featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait, went into circulation on November 19th, 2018.

“Almost from the start, Canada’s new vertically oriented $10 bill dominated the voting” reads a statement from the International Bank Note Society (IBNS).


Viola Desmond Vertical Bill

The $10 note was the first vertically oriented bank note issued in Canada. This orientation allows for a more prominent image of Viola Desmond and differentiates this $10 note from the current polymer notes.

The back of the $10 bank note features images and symbols that represent Canada’s ongoing pursuit of rights and freedoms. It includes the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights.

To recognize more iconic Canadians, the Bank of Canada has also said that “the next $5 note will also feature a new portrait subject and supporting imagery”.

Back in 2004, Canada won the inaugural IBNS Bank Note of the Year Award, placed second three years in a row (2011, 2012 & 2013) and finished in third place just last year.


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