Canada has marked Queen Elizabeth II’s record breaking reign with a special commemorative $20 banknote and stamp.
An official ceremony was held on Wednesday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa to reveal the $20 note.
The commemorative bank note is very similar to the already existing $20 polymer banknote that features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The only difference in the new $20 note has a large window containing a variety of unique design elements, including a portrait of the sovereign wearing a tiara that is a first for a Canadian bank note.
The image comes from the picture taken in 1951 by renowned Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. The same photograph was used for the Queen’s portrait, minus the crown, for the 1954 Canadian Landscape bank notes and the 1967 commemorative note in celebration of Confederation.
Queen Elizabeth has appeared on every series of Canadian bank notes since she ascended the throne in 1952.
Together, the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Jonhston and the Bank of Canada’s Chief of Currency, Richard Wall unveiled the note, with Wall saying:
“This is a unique milestone in the history of the monarchy in our country, and the Bank of Canada is honoured to mark the occasion in this special way. Over Her Majesty’s reign, the technology behind our bank notes has continually evolved – to the state-of-the-art polymer notes we have today. It is, therefore, fitting that we are commemorating this historic occasion by using one of the most advanced security features of our current notes – the large holographic window,”
Canada Post also issued a stamp for the historic occasion. Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post said:
“Our stamps not only depict past history, often they celebrate history in the making. This is just such an event – and we are proud to have the opportunity to honour Her Majesty as well as her remarkable record of service to Canada and all Canadians,”
Designed by Entro’s Doreen Colonello and Gerald Querubin from a photograph taken of Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 at the Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill. Her Majesty is dressed in Canada’s national colours, red and white. The Queen is also wearing the diamond maple leaf brooch given to her by her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, as part of the 1939 Royal Tour of Canada.