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Bank of Canada unveils new $10 at Newfoundland and Labrador event

The Bank of Canada unveiled a 150th anniversary of Confederation note in St. John's Friday.
The Bank of Canada unveiled a 150th anniversary of Confederation note in St. John's Friday.

The Bank of Canada today (Friday) marked the new the Canada 150 commemorative bank note with an event at Signal Hill in St. John’s. 

The note also features Agnes McPhail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons; James Gladstone, Canada’s first First Nations senator; Sir George-Étienne Cartier, a father of Confederation and John A. MacDonald, the first prime minister of Canada.

Canadians can obtain the note at financial institutions, according to the Bank of Canada.  Some 40 million notes are being issued — roughly one for every Canadian.

The new security features include a colour-shifting image of an arch found in the Memorial Chamber on Parliament Hill, as well as three-dimensional maple leaves.

The design also incorporates a reproduction of the artwork Owl’s Bouquet by world-renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak and the distinctive arrow sash pattern, an important symbol of the Métis nation that also pays homage to the French-Canadian voyageurs of the 18th century.

Other landscape images on the reverse of the note are the Lions/Twin Sisters  in Western Canada, a wheat field  from the Prairie provinces, the Canadian Shield  from Central Canada and the northern lights  for Northern Canada).

Human rights and freedoms icon Viola Desmond will be featured on a new, regularly circulating $10 note expected in late 2018.

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