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The Last Canadian One Dollar Bill


The 1973 $1 bill is green with a multicoloured tint.
It displays the Canadian Coat of Arms and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the face side. A view of Parliament Hill across the Ottawa River is on the back. A Red Ensign Flag is flying on the Parliament Buildings.
Official First Day of Issue: June 3, 1974
Official Last Day of Issue: June 30, 1989
Cat. No. Signature
BC-46a Lawson-Bouey; 2 letters
BC-46aA Lawson-Bouey; 2 letters replacement
BC-46a-i Lawson-Bouey; 3 letters
BC-46aA-i Lawson-Bouey; 3 letters replacement
BC-46aT-i Lawson-Bouey; 3 letters test, prefix AXA
BC-46b Crow-Bouey; 3 letters
BC-46bA Crow-Bouey; 3 letters replacement
BC-46bT Crow-Bouey; 3 letters test, prefix EXA

One Dollar Banknote Sheets

Two formats are available:


BABN at 5 notes across by 8 notes deep
(76.20 x 55.88 cm) (30 x 22 in)


CBN with 4 notes across and 10 notes deep
(60.96 x 69.85 cm) (24 x 27.5 in)

Cat. No. Signature
BC-46b Crow-Bouey; BABN Sheet Regular (BFD, BFK, BFL)
BC-46bA Crow-Bouey; BABN Sheet Replacement (BAX)
BC-46b Crow-Bouey; CBN Sheet Regular (ECP, ECR, ECV)
BC-46b Crow-Bouey; CBN Sheet Regular (ECW)
BC-46bA Crow-Bouey; CBN Sheet Replacement (EAX)


While the cost of producing one-dollar note is only six cents, versus sixteen cents for a coin, the average bank note lasts only about one year before needing to be withdrawn and replaced with a new one. Coins have useful life of twenty years or more.

After over 110 years of service, the Canadian one-dollar note was no longer issued and was withdrawn from circulation. They were replaced by a one-dollar coin that has become known as the "loonie", as the silver one-dollar is still minted.

It's name is derived from the image of the Common Loon on the face; however, it also stems from the common feeling amongst Canadians that the Government must be "loony" if they think we like having big coins in our pockets. Who says Canadians don't have a sense of humour?




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