Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The new polymer notes of $ 5 and $ 10 were presented to the public by the Bank of Canada.
We made considerable progress in the fight against counterfeiting even before the release of the polymer bank notes. In 2012, for example, the rate of counterfeiting had dropped by 92 per cent from its peak in 2004. These new bank notes offer increased security and will contribute to a further reduction in counterfeiting rates.
The innovative nature of the polymer notes is echoed in the theme of the series - frontiers - because, in so many ways, these notes break new ground. The “frontiers” theme is also reflected in the images chosen to grace these notes. Each denomination represents the best of Canada: scientific discovery on the $100 note, Arctic research on the $50 and valour and sacrifice on the $20. The bank notes we unveil today continue this tradition. The $10 note depicts a great feat of engineering from Canada’s past - the joining of East and West by rail. The $5 note highlights Canada’s technological achievements that look skyward - our contributions to the international space program.
These bank notes will make their début in November, and in the coming months, businesses can begin to prepare for the switch and upgrade their cash-handling machines.
Friday, March 15, 2013
As leader of the Voltigeurs Canadiens, Charles-Michel de Salaberry thwarted American plans to attack Montréal by blocking their advance at the Battle of Châteauguay. The actions and heroism of the Voltigeurs, under de Salaberry’s command, were critical in the War of 1812, securing both a place in our national history.
This coin will be avalaible on the Royal Canadian Mint's website starting April 9, 2013.
Friday, March 8, 2013
In February, the Royal Canadian Mint has announced the sale the 20,000 last rolls 2012 1-cent coins for $ 9.95.
Each roll identifed by a number from 1 to 20 000 are sold out. On March 3, after 87 bids, the roll identifed as the 20 000th was sold for nearly $ 6,800.