Canada completes its polymer series (UPDATE!)

With the issuing of the new 5 and 10 dollars notes today the Bank of Canada has completed its beautiful new polymer series. The new notes were announced earlier this year on 30 april with a presentation from the International Space Station where commander Chris Hadfield showed the new 5 dollar note with its space theme. The 10 dollar note shows the image of a train and symbolizes the joining of the east and west of Canada by rail.

An interesting detail is that despite rumours the signature on both notes is still of the former Governor of the Bank of Canada M.J. Carney and not the current Governor S. Poloz. 

Update: Well, it goes to show that you never really can tell what a banknote will look like before you actually have one in your hand. has one and what does it tell us? There actually IS a signature of Stephen Poloz on the 5 dollar note (as predicted)! The Bank of Canada however continues to show a note with the signature of Mark Carney on its site. Does that perhaps mean there are two signature varieties on the market? Picture below is from


5 dollar

© Bank of Canada
© Bank of Canada

Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911
Signatures: T. Macklem, S Poloz
Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm

10 dollar

© Bank of Canada
© Bank of Canada

Portrait: Sir John A. Macdonald, Prime Minister from 1867–1873 and 1878–1891
Signatures: T. Macklem, M. J. Carney
Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm

The complete new polymer series

© Bank of Canada
Steven Thursday 07 November 2013 at 08:15 am | | news
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