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The Great White North

05 May 2023
The Great White North

Join us as we look at a banknote from Canada. Canada is officially known as the Dominion of Canada. Unofficially, Canada has been given the nickname the Great White North referring to it as one of the largest countries in the world, and its cold, snowy weather. Canada is located in North America, and extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Our banknote this week is Canada’s 2 Dollars p94c BNB357c 1986. This is a paper banknote has English and French text. On the front are images of Queen Elizabeth II, coat of arms, and Parliament buildings. The back of the note displays two robins in a field. There is no watermark for this banknote.

Canada joined the British Commonwealth as an independent state in 1931. Queen Elizabeth II served as the head of the Commonwealth for her 70-year reign. Queen Elizabeth II was the oldest child of Prince Albert, Duke of York (King George VI), and his wife, Elizabeth, Duchess of York. Prince Albert (King George VI) was the second child and only ascended to the throne after his brother, Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 after her father’s passing, and retained her name as her regnant name as Elizabeth making her Queen Elizabeth II. During her reign, Queen Elizabeth II made 22 official tours to Canada.

Canada coat of arms was adopted in 1921 following a proclamation from King George V. The design was done by Cathy Bursey-Sabourin and Fraser Herald. On the shield are symbols representing the four founding nations of Canada: England, Scotland, France, and Ireland. On the sides of the shield are the lion of England holding the Royal Union Flag, and the unicorn of Scotland holding the flag of Royal France. Below there are flower emblems representing the four European nations. Above is the Royal Crown of His Majesty.

This 2 Dollars banknote shows Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s Parliament buildings, and two robins. 

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