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Get To Know The Security Features Of Canada’s First Vertical Bank Note — The Viola Desmond $10 Bill

On March 8, 2018, on International Women’s Day, the new Canadian ten dollar bank note, featuring Black entrepreneur and human rights activist, Viola Desmond, was unveiled by (from left to right) federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau; Desmond's sister, Wanda Robson; and Bank of Canada Governor, Stephen S. Poloz, during a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library.

Get To Know The Security Features Of Canada’s First Vertical Bank Note — The Viola Desmond $10 Bill

OTTAWA, Ontario August 22, 2018 — Canada’s new $10 bank note will begin to appear in cash transactions late this year.

Designed to stand apart, it’s the first vertical note issued by the Bank of Canada, and features the portrait of social justice defender, Viola Desmond that was unveiled earlier this year on March 8.

Here’s what businesses and cash users need to know about this new $10 bill.

It pays to check
As with Canada’s other notes, the new $10 note has bold security features, ensuring that Canadians can use it with confidence. That’s why the Bank issues new notes – to stay ahead of counterfeiting threats and to keep pace with advances in technology.

viola desmond 410 bill 1But remember, bank notes are only secure if you check them. Routinely checking all notes—no matter which series or value—allows you to intercept counterfeits and keep them out of circulation.

The security features on Canada’s vertical $10 note are quick and easy to check:
> Feel the smooth, unique texture of the note. It’s made from a single piece of polymer with some transparent areas.
> Feel the raised ink on the front of the note, namely on the portrait, the word “Canada” and the large number ‘10’ at the bottom.
> Look at the detailed metallic images and symbols in and around the large transparent window.
> Look at the pattern in the eagle feather. Tilt the note to see the colour shift from gold to green.
> Flip the note to see the elements inside the large window repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side.

The new $10 note will be rolled out, gradually, and circulated alongside the other polymer $10 notes. Unlike the special $10 note — issued for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 and printed in a limited quantity to mark this historical milestone — the vertical $10 note will be the regular $10 note produced for years to come.

Helping businesses prepare
Business owners may be wondering what this new $10 note means for their cash-handling equipment.

The vertical $10 has been designed to minimize the impact on the cash-handling industry and maintains the same functional features as current polymer notes. Equipment owners and renters should contact their suppliers with questions about machine compatibility.

A look ahead – what comes next
With the release of this new $10 note, the Bank of Canada’s approach to issuing bank notes is changing. Rather than issuing all five denominations within a short time frame, a new note will be released every few years.

This will allow the Bank to integrate the latest security features each time a new bank note is issued, ensuring that Canadians can continue to use their bank notes with confidence.

For free, downloadable materials to help businesses train their staff, visit www.bankofcanada.ca/retailers.

For more information, contact us at 1-800-303-1282 or info@bankofcanada.ca. Follow the Bank on Twitter (@bankofcanada) for the latest news about Canadian bank notes.

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