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Modern Canadian paper money in terms of size, issuing institution and outstanding face value started with the formation of the bank of Canada in 1935. Since its inception, the Bank of Canada has produced seven different series of banknotes. Below we will take a look at these series from regular currency to commemorative notes.

1935 Series

This was the first series released by the Bank of Canada and was done the day they opened for business on March 11th of 1935. Two sets were produced, one in English and one in French. This series included: $25 Commemorative Note, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000.

1937 The Bilingual Series

The second series created by the Bank of Canada, this series was the first bilingual series and was prompted by the death of King George V. Notes of this series included: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $1,000.

1954 The Canadian Landscape Series

The Bank of Canada decided in the early fifties to commission Charles Comfort, a Canadian artist, to create the next series of bank notes. These notes would look completely different and feature eight images in total with images of Canadian landscapes. This series included: $1 commemorative note, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $1000.

1969-1979 Scenes of Canada Series

This series has color as the main feature with unique coloring included in the scenes of Canada. The details of the notes are beautiful and security features were created for this series that helped to make reproducing the notes very difficult. This was the first series to portray several different prime ministers instead of predominately British Monarchs. The series includes: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

1986 The Birds of Canada Series

The planning for this series had already begun by the Bank of Canada when the previous series was in production. Technology had advanced so security printers were used with this series to be able to create a more accurate color printing process. An optical security device was introduced to stop copies of currency from being made. Birds were featured on this series due to being politically neutral and simple visually. The following notes are included in this series: $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $1,000. This was the first series to not have a $1 note and the last to carry the $2 and $1,000 notes.

2001-2006 Canadian Journey Series

The Canadian Journey series was the first by the Bank of Canada to be designed completely by computer. Citizens of Canada also had a say so as to what subject would be depicted in the notes. It was decided that images showing values or achievements would be used on the following notes: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

2011 to 2013 Polymer Series

The latest series to be created is the Polymer Series. This series was created by using a substrate known as polypropylene. This type of currency has a security feature that is unlike anything else. The unique material cannot be copied and offers a new range of security and design for the currency. In this series, it includes: $20 commemorative note, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.