Viola Desmond $10 bill named world’s best banknote

Truro Daily News - - COLLCHESTE­R COUNTY -

HAL­I­FAX – Canada’s banknote fea­tur­ing Viola Desmond has been deemed the best in the world.

The In­ter­na­tional Bank Note Society awarded the new $10 bill 2018 Bank Note of the Year.

The pur­ple ver­ti­cally -ori­ented bill “dom­i­nated the vot­ing,” the society said in a news re­lease. Canada was se­lected from a list of 15 fi­nal­ists, in­clud­ing Switzer­land, Norway, Rus­sia and the Solomon Islands.

Desmond is the first black per­son and non­royal woman to be on a reg­u­larly cir­cu­lat­ing Cana­dian banknote.

The bill was the first Cana­dian banknote to have a ver­ti­cal de­sign.

The bill fea­tures a por­trait of Desmond and a his­toric map of north-end Hal­i­fax on one side. An eagle feather and the Cana­dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights in Win­nipeg is on the other side.

Desmond, a hu­man rights icon, re­fused to leave the whites-only sec­tion of a New Glas­gow movie the­atre on Nov. 8, 1946. She was thrown in jail for 12 hours and fined.

Nova Sco­tia is­sued Desmond, who died in 1965, a post­hu­mous apol­ogy and par­don in 2010.

Since, Desmond has been fea­tured on a stamp and has a Hal­i­fax har­bour ferry named in her honour.

The $10 banknote fea­tur­ing Desmond en­tered cir­cu­la­tion in Novem­ber 2018.

Canada last won the IBNS award in 2004 for its $20 bill that fea­tured a por­trait of Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

“Canada plans ‘to is­sue a new denom­i­na­tion ev­ery few years’ and the Bank of Canada has con­firmed the next four notes in this se­ries will also use the ver­ti­cal for­mat,” the In­ter­na­tional Bank Note Society said in the re­lease.

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