Canadian five-dollar note

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Five dollars
(Canada)
Value 5 Canadian dollars
Width 152.4 mm
Height 69.85 mm
Security features Holographic stripe, Watermark, EURion constellation, Tactile marks, Registration device, Raised printing, UV printing
Paper type Polymer
Obverse
Canadian $5 note specimen - face.jpg
Design Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911
Design date March 25, 2013
Reverse
Canadian $5 note specimen - back.jpg
Design Canadarm2 and Dextre
Design date March 25, 2013

The Canadian five-dollar note is the lowest denomination and one of the most common banknote issued by the Bank of Canada.

The current five-Canadian dollar note is dominantly blue and was introduced November 7, 2013, using the same technology found in the $20, $50 and $100.[1] The bill features a portrait of Canada's seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier and hologram of the Mackenzie Tower from the West Block on Parliament Hill on the front; the back features an astronaut working with Dextre attached to the Canadarm2.[2]

The front of the previous note also features Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the coat of arms, and a picture of the West Block of the Parliament buildings, but in a different layout from the current note. The reverse side depicts children engaged in winter sports, including sledding, ice skating, and hockey; this is accompanied by a quotation from Roch Carrier's short story, "The Hockey Sweater":

Les hivers de mon enfance étaient des saisons longues, longues. Nous vivions en trois lieux: l'école, l'église et la patinoire; mais la vraie vie était sur la patinoire.

The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places—the school, the church and the skating rink—but our real life was on the skating rink.[3]

In the image, one of the hockey players is wearing hockey sweater number 9. Many believe this is to honour Canadian hockey legend Maurice Richard (which would follow Carrier's story, in which a young Québécois boy is obsessed with "The Rocket").

Yellow dots representing the EURion constellation can be found on the reverse side. This note features raised, textured printing as well as a special tactile feature (similar to Braille dots) to assist the blind in identifying the denomination. Security features include 'BANK OF CANADA' and 'BANQUE DU CANADA' visible only under ultraviolet light.

In 2005, the Canadian government polled its citizens on the idea of retiring the five-dollar note, replacing it with a five-dollar coin. The money saved in making the coin would then fund the Canadian Olympic team. Canadians resoundingly rejected and ridiculed the idea of a five-dollar coin.[4] Some pointed out the note's most recent redesign took place only four years prior, while many others were averse to the idea of carrying yet another coin in their wallets and pockets. Due to the overwhelmingly negative response, plans for the five-dollar coin were discarded. Instead, on 15 November 2006, the Bank of Canada released an updated version of the five-dollar note (issue of 2006) with updated security features, including a holographic stripe found in the rest of the series, and a watermark of Laurier that appears when held to the light.[5] These features replaced the iridescent maple leaves that were in the issue of 2002.

As with all modern Canadian banknotes, all text is in both English and French (see Official bilingualism in Canada).

Series Main colour Obverse Reverse Series Year Issued Withdrawn
1935 Series Orange Edward VIII Electric power allegory 1935 11 March 1935
1937 Series Blue George VI Electric power allegory 1937 19 July 1937
1954 Series Blue Elizabeth II A country scene, Richmond, Quebec 1954 9 September 1954
Scenes of Canada Blue Wilfrid Laurier Salmon seiner BCP 45 in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia 1972 4 December 1972 1 October 1979
1979 1 October 1979 28 April 1986
Birds of Canada      Blue Wilfrid Laurier Belted Kingfisher 1986 28 April 1986 27 March 2002
Canadian Journey Series      Blue Wilfrid Laurier Children playing hockey, tobogganing, and skating; excerpt from "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier 2001/2003 27 March 2002 15 November 2006
2006/2008/2009/2009A 15 November 2006 7 November 2013
Frontier Series Blue Wilfrid Laurier Canadarm2 and Dextre 2013 7 November 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vancouver is first city to see new plastic $10 bills". CTV News. 
  2. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/28/focus-group-found-bank-of-canadas-new-five-dollar-bill-too-cartoonish/
  3. ^ "French-Canadian Writers: Roch Carrier". Athabasca University. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ $5 coin? 'Ridiculous'. CBC News, 22 August 2005.
  5. ^ Bank of Canada Issues Upgraded $5 Bank Note. 15 November 2006.

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