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First Series $500 Note

This was the only $500 note ever issued by the Bank. Printed by Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd., it features a portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, wearing a fur-collared coat. Will Ford of American Bank Note Company engraved the portrait. On the back of the note is an allegorical figure representing fertility.

At A Glance

Measurements
150mm (Horizontal) x 73mm (Vertical)
Designs
1935 series (Subject)
Sir John A. Macdonald - prime minister - government (Subject Face)

More info

30 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G9, CANADA
613‑782‑8914