Canada’s vertical $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond goes into circulation November 19

The renowned civil rights activist will be the first Canadian female featured on a banknote

In March, Canada celebrated International Women’s Day by revealing a new $10 bill, which is the first banknote to feature a Canadian woman. The vertical bill will spotlight Viola Desmond, who refused to leave a whites-only portion of a movie theatre in 1946 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

The businesswoman and renowned civil rights activist will be the first Canadian female featured on a frequently circulating banknote. The bill will also have a map of one of Canada’s oldest black communities, Halifax’s north end, which was where Desmond opened her first salon.

Check out the front and back of the bill below.
 


 
According to the Bank of Canada, the bill will also be the first vertical Canadian banknote, which differentiates it from the current bills in circulation.

The new $10 bank note will feature several different nods to Canadian history, like an eagle feather to represent Canada’s Indigenous population, our Rights from The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian flag, Canada’s coat of arms, and our nation’s motto “a mari usque ad mare,” which translates to “from sea to sea.”

The revolutionary new banknotes are set to go into circulation next week on Monday, November 19th.

Photos courtesy of Bank of Canada