Since issuing its first series of bank notes in 1935, the Bank of Canada has issued four commemorative bank notes. Each commemorative note marks an important milestone for the reigning monarch or a defining moment in Canadian history.
Because the commemorative notes were issued decades apart, they are very different in their features and design. The first, issued in 1935, mirrored the more Victorian sensibilities of its era, while the 1967 note reflected Canada’s growing sense of nationalism. The 2015 commemorative note showcased the latest in security technologies from the Polymer series, as well as new visual elements. On 1 July 2017, Canada will proudly celebrate its 150th birthday. To mark this event, the Bank of Canada will issue a new and unique commemorative bank note.