The Bank of Canada on Friday unveiled a commemorative 10-Canadian-dollar banknote to mark the 150th anniversary of the country.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canadian parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance, made the announcement and displayed the bill at the bank’s headquarters.

There will be 40 million notes printed and they will enter circulation on June 1. It’s the fourth time in Canada’s history that it has created a commemorative banknote.

“This bank note is intended to captivate our imagination and instill pride in what we, as a nation, have accomplished,” said Governor Poloz. “It celebrates the natural beauty and majesty of our land and some of the important parliamentarians who helped shape our great country.”

The designed note is unique in many ways. For the first time, four persons are portrayed on the front of a Canadian bank note.

The four persons are Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John Macdonald, fellow Father of Confederation Sir George-Etienne Cartier, Canada’s first female member of Parliament, Agnes MacPhail, and James Gladstone, Canada’s first Indigenous senator and a member of the Kainai (Blood) Tribe.

The design also incorporates Inuit and Metis cultural elements: a colourful reproduction of the artwork Owl’s Bouquet by world-renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak; and the distinctive arrow sash pattern, an important symbol of the Metis nation.

The bank governor said the new banknote features some security features that are being deployed in Canada for the first time.

The landscapes in the new banknote include the Lions and Capilano Lake from British Columbia, fields of Prairie wheat, the Canadian Shield as seen in Quebec, a view of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland and Labrador and the northern lights as they would be seen in Wood Buffalo National Park.

The most eye-catching new feature is a magnetic ink that changes color from blue to green when it’s tilted, used to illustrate stained glass in an arched window from the Memorial Chapel in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/