The Canadian 1954 Bank Note Series
The 1954 Canadian Bank Note Series was the third set of Canadian bank notes. There was another variety of this series released two years later in 1956. Though released in 1954, the Bank of Canada‘s third order of bank notes were prepped in 1952. This is due to Queen Elizabeth II’s taking the Royal Crown in 1952.
Although the 1954 Bank Notes look a lot different compared to the 1937 Canadian Bank Notes, the notes are still bilingual and all of the notes have the same color they did in the 1937 series. All of the notes have Queen Elizabeth II pictured on the front of them and this is the only series of bank notes that this has happened.
To prevent the portrait from being worn out from folding, the Queen’s picture was moved to the right. The bills design was made simpler and the back of the bills now had Canadian scenes. For the first time ever the Coat of Arms of Canada was used on a bank note in this series, being put as a portion of the bills’ background design.
The modified version of this series in 1956 was because of the highlights in Queen Elizabeth’s hair. There was arguments over this because it presented a mirage of a demon grinning behind the Queen’s ear. This gave the notes of the series the title of “Devil’s Head”.
This is a list of the different sites pictured on the reverse of each 1954 bank note.
The 1954 $1Bank Note has the Saskatchewan prairie on the back of it.
The 1954 $2 Canadian note has a picture of country land in Richmond, Quebec.
The 1954 $5 bill has a image of Otter Falls, Yukon.
The 1954 $10 note pictures a Rocky Mountain peak in Mount Burgess, British Columbia.
A winter landscape in Laurentians, Quebec is on the back of the 1954 $20 Canadian bill.
The 1954 $50 Canadian Bank Note portrays an image of Lockeport, Nova Scotia.
The 1954 $100 Canadian Note shows Okanagan Lake, British Columbia.
The 1954 $1000 Canadian Bank Note has a covered bridge pictured in L’Anse-Saint-Jean on the Saguenay River, Quebec.
In January 1967, a $1 banknote was made to celebrate the centennial of the Canadian Confederation. It had Queen Elizabeth’s portrait on the front and it pictured the Original Parliament Buildings which were burned down in 1916.
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