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BC-55a 1986 Canada $2 Crow-Bouey, AUN, VF

BC-55a 1986 Canada $2 Crow-Bouey, AUN, VF
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BC-55a 1986 Canada $2 Crow-Bouey, AUN, VF

On March 14, 1986, the Bank of Canada introduced a new series of banknotes. The new designs were launched that year with the issue of the $2 and $5 notes. No new design was prepared for the $1 note, because of the Government of Canada's decision to introduce the one dollar coin for circulation in Canada during 1987. The $10 and $50 notes were released in 1989, and the $100 appeared in 1990. The $1000 followed in 1992, and the $20 in 1993.

A number of characteristics remained the same as those of the 1969-1975 issues. The notes were the same size and were initially printed on the same paper. The dominant colour of each denomination remained unchanged. The portrait subjects on the front of each denomination were the same as in the 1969-1975 issues, but the portraits were larger. A new portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was engraved. It first appeared on the new $2 note and subsequently the $20 and $1000 notes. New portraits of the four Prime Ministers who appear on the notes of the 1969-1975 issues - Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Wilfred Laurier, Sir Robert Borden, and William Lyon Mackenzie King - were engraved for the $10, $5, $100, and $50 denominations, respectively.

Paper composition was initially 100% cotton for the "Birds" issues. In 1991, it was altered to 75% cotton with 25% kraft fibres. The planchettes glow under ultra violet light, as a security feature. Spexel Inc. manufactured the bank note paper in Canada.

Charlton Code: BC-55a
Series Name: Birds of Canada
Prefix: AUN
Signature: Crow-Bouey
Certification: N/A
Variety: N/A

Special Features
For several years, the Bank of Canada assessed methods of making denominations of banknotes distinguishable by the blind and the visually impaired. To issist the blind, the notes of this series were printed so that the denomination can be read by a small hand-held electronic device developed in consultaion with the national offices of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and the Canadian Council of the Blind. The electronic device "speaks" the denomination in either English or French. The new series had larger and more distinct counters, which also help the visually impaired.

Information from: Canadian Government Paper Money Charlton Catalogue, 32nd Ed. 2020, S. Bell Editior

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