Canada’s new plastic $20 bill goes into circulation today


Canada’s new polymer $20 bill goes into circulation today.

The new bill pays tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian men and women in all military conflicts and is being released just before Remembrance Day.

The note features a view of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on its back.

The $20 is Canada’s mostly widely used bank note.

The Bank of Canada began issuing polymer money a year ago with a new $100 bill, followed by a $50 note in March.

New $5 and $10 notes are scheduled to be issued by the end of 2013.

The themes of the denominations are:

$100 Medical Innovation – celebrates Canadian innovations in the field of medicine (Portrait: Sir Robert Borden)

$50 CCGS Amundsen, Research Icebreaker – reflects Canada’s commitment to Arctic research and the development and protection of northern communities (Portrait: William Lyon Mackenzie King)

$20 The Canadian National Vimy Memorial – evokes the contributions and sacrifices of Canadians in conflicts throughout our history (Portrait: HM Queen Elizabeth II)

$10 The Canadian train – represents Canada’s great technical feat of linking its eastern and western frontiers by what was, at the time, the longest railway ever built (Portrait: Sir John A. Macdonald)

$5 Canadarm2 and Dextre – symbolize Canada’s continuing contribution to the international space program through robotics innovation (Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier)

Canada's new plastic $20 bills go into circulation today

Source, Image: Canadian Press, Bank of Canada


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