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By Bank Note Reporter
May 15, 2013

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On April 30, the Bank of Canada unveiled the latest additions to its polymer note series, the $5 and $10 denominations.

Featured on the new $5 note are images of the Canadarm2 and Dextre, robotic devices that helped build and maintain the International Space Station. The $10 has an image of a VIA Rail train, The Canadian, journeying through the Rocky Mountains.

The notes are slated to go into circulation in November and join the already released $20, $50 and $100 polymer notes.

The introduction was made from the Bank of Canada’s head office in Ottawa and from aboard the International Space Station, via satellite, by Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Bank of Canada Gov. Mark Carney; VIA Rail Canada Chairman of the Board Paul G. Smith; and Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station.

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“I try to inspire young Canadians to aim high. This new $5 bill should do the same,” Hadfield said from the International Space Station. “By giving prominence to Canadian achievements in space, this bank note reminds us that not even the sky is the limit.”

The front of the $5 note features a portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s prime minister from 1896 to 1911.

Via Rail’s Paul G. Smith unveiled the new $10 polymer note at the Bank of Canada. A portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald, who was Canada’s prime minister from 1867-1873 and 1878-1891, at the time of the railway completion, is featured on the front of the note.

“The transcontinental railway helped build modern Canada. On behalf of VIA Rail, I am delighted that this accomplishment, through the use of this iconic image, has been honored on the new $10 bank note,” Smith said. “Not only did the railway contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity by moving people and goods across this vast land, but it also gave Canadians the means to seek new frontiers of their own.”

The new $5 and $10 notes will carry the same security features as the $20, $50 and $100 polymer notes already in circulation, including transparency and holography.

For more information on Canada’s polymer note

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