BoC releases new $10 bills to celebrate Canada 150

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz holds a commemorative $10 bank note celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation during a photo opportunity in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 1, 2017. (Reuters)

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, the Bank of Canada has issued commemorative $10 bank notes.

At a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday morning, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz showed off the new bills, which are now in circulation.

“This bank note reflects the pride we feel about our country’s accomplishments and the hope we have for our future,” Poloz said in a press release.

The commemorative note features four prominent Canadians: Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald, one of the fathers of federalism Sir George-Étienne Cartier, the first woman elected to the House of Commons Agnes Macphail and Canada’s first senator of First Nations origin James Gladstone (also known by his Blackfoot name Akay-na-muka).

The bill also bears a colour-shifting image of an arch found in the Memorial Chamber on Parliament Hill and three-dimensional maple leaves, which functions as a security feature.

“The new security features of this $10 note make it the most secure Canadian bank note to date,” said Poloz.

The Memorial Chamber Arch located inside the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill is represented on the new $10 bill, and is one of the new security features. (Bank of Canada/Flickr)

On the back of the bank note is a depiction of landscapes from across Canada, the Lions/Twin Sister Mountains of B.C., a wheat field from Saskatchewan, a glimpse of the Canadian Shield in Quebec, Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northern Lights to represent the territories.

On April 7, 2017, the commemorative bank note celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation was unveiled at the Bank of Canada’s head office in Ottawa. (Bank of Canada/Flickr)

This is only the fourth time the Bank of Canada has issued a commemorative bill.

You can get the bank note as legal tender in banks across the country.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz pays for an item with a commemorative $10 bank note celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation during a photo opportunity at a store in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 1, 2017. (Reuters)