New Canada 150 in­spired 10 dol­lar bill set to re­lease in June

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

On June 1, the new Canada 150 $10 bill will be hit­ting banks across the coun­try, one month be­fore its na­tional hol­i­day.

Nu­mer­ous fo­cus groups were con­ducted in ru­ral and ur­ban set­tings to fig­ure out what the pub­lic wished to see on the new bill.

Bank of Canada Se­nior An­a­lyst Michelle Marselle al­lowed The Mail a sneak peek of all its spe­cific fea­tures and de­sign as­pects that the pub­lic wished to see in such a com­mem­o­ra­tive ges­ture.

The cur­rency is still made of poly­mer with a clear, seethrough win­dow that has me­tal­lic images as well as raised text to al­low for touch au­then­tic­ity.

“It’s a good feel se­cu­rity fea­ture,” said Marselle.

One of the new de­signs put in place was an arch on the left side that colour changes from blue to green.

“So that’s just state of the art colour shift­ing so it’s a new fea­ture there,” said Marselle. “So when you see it, it looks like it’s mov­ing.”

There hap­pens to be 13 maple leafs, 10 for the prov­inces and 3 for the ter­ri­to­ries with three at the bot­tom of the clear win­dow that ap­pear to be raised but when felt, is ac­tu­ally flat.

“They look like they’re 3-D, like they’re go­ing to pop out at you but they’re ac­tu­ally flat so again that is an­other se­cu­rity fea­ture,” said Marselle.

The four fig­ures on the front also pay ho­mage to the di­ver­sity of the Cana­dian peo­ple by dis­play­ing two con­fed­er­ate fa­ther’s: Sir John A. Mac­Don­ald and Sir Ge­orge-Eti­enne Cartier. Along­side them is the first woman to be elected to the house of com­mons, Agnes Macphail, and the first First Na­tions se­na­tor James Glad­stone from the Kainai blood tribe of Leth­bridge, Alta.

“These are four very im­por­tant Cana­di­ans that kind of shaped Canada,” said Marselle. First Prime Min­is­ter Sir John A Mac­Don­ald has been on the 10 dol­lar bill for roughly 40 years al­ready.

“We felt for con­ti­nu­ity we would keep him on the bill,” said Marselle.

The coat of arms is clearly dis­played in the win­dow as well as in­dige­nous art weaved through­out. Within the win­dow, be­low the coat of arms is the ‘owls bou­quet’ which was de­signed by renowned Nu­navut artist Keno­juak Ashe­vak.

“An owl is a very strong cul­tural sym­bol for the nu­navut peo­ple so we’ve added that onto the bill,” said Marselle.

As an­other strong, adorn­ing fea­ture, the Metis sash de­sign is seen on the top and bot­tom.

The peo­ple in the fo­cus group ses­sions wanted to see two things: Abo­rig­i­nal work and the mighty land­scape the coun­try has to of­fer from coast to coast to coast.

The twin sis­ters moun­tain range can be see on the left side of the win­dow to rep­re­sent the Van­cou­ver area. On the right side of the clear win­dow, three rec­tan­gle images show­case more of the di­verse land­scape.

First is the wheat for the bread­bas­ket, sec­ond the Cana­dian shield in On­tario and Que­bec, and last is Cape Bon­av­ista for the At­lantic re­gion, and the free north­ern lights at the Wood Buf­falo Na­tional Park to rep­re­sent the north.

40 mil­lion copies are go­ing to be printed with dis­tri­bu­tion to hap­pen on June 1. Marselle noted that it may take some time to get to the more re­mote places.

“Ba­si­cally by July 1, Canada’s birth­day, ev­ery­body who want’s to have one would have one – that’s the goal,” said Marselle.

At 9 parts per mil­lion, coun­ter­feit has been the low­est it’s ever been in the last 25 years thanks to the poly­mer plas­tic. “We’ve seen a re­mark­able de­cline in coun­ter­feit so that [poly­mer] cer­tainly has helped the fight,” said Marselle.

The Bank of Canada wishes cit­i­zens to check their bills be­fore spend­ing as it may not be real. By vis­it­ing the Bank of Canada web­site, a wealth of in­for­ma­tion is read­ily avail­able. It can be for per­sonal use or em­ploy­ers can train their staff to rec­og­nize and dis­tin- guish the cur­rency.

“If you take a bill and it’s a bad one, you’re go­ing to be out the money,”

The whole process from pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion to de­sign to print has taken more than a year and a half to plan and pro­duce.

The bill can be spent as it is le­gal ten­der but cit­i­zens are en­cour­aged to have it as a keep­sake.

“So if you want to spend it for your dou­ble dou­ble, you are cer­tainly wel­come as of June 1,” said Marselle.

“This is our con­tri­bu­tion to the fes­tiv­i­ties of Canada’s 150.” fake from the real

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