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Book Coverby James Powell

This extensively illustrated book traces the intriguing story of Canada's dollar from colonial times to the present day.

Download the complete publication in PDF format (3.7 Mb).

Print copies are available at $4 CDN each (plus 7% GST for Canadian residents and provincial tax where applicable) from:

Publications Distribution
Bank of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G9

Tel: (613) 782-8248
Fax: (613) 782-8874


Some specifics:


1935 and
1937 issue:
152.4 by 73.025 millimetres (6.0 by 2.875 inches)
All other issues:152.4 by 69.85 millimetres (6.0 by 2.75inches).

Paper Composition

1935:75% high grade flax, 25% cotton
1940:50% high grade flax, 50% cotton (There were further reductions to 25% flax, 75% cotton during the 40s to conserve linen for the production of material for war uniforms.)
1983:100% cotton (The use of flax was discontinued to conform to Quebec environmental laws.)
1991:75% cotton, 25% kraft fibre
2001:100% cotton
2002:75% cotton, 25% kraft fibre

Some specifics about the "Birds of Canada" series (1986):

Approximate Life of a Bank Note
$51 year
$101 year
$202 years
$505 years
$1008 years


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