New Canadian Currency Features Civil Rights Activist, Wins Innovation Award

by NPR
May 2, 2019

Canada’s newest version of its $10 bill, a vertical format note released late last year and featuring a female civil rights activist, has won an international competition for innovative currency.

The Canadian bill featuring the image of Viola Desmond, a Nova Scotia businesswoman and social justice pioneer, was awarded “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2018 by the International Bank Note Society.

Desmond is the first Canadian woman to appear on that country’s currency. The honor traditionally has been restricted to British royalty, such as Queen Elizabeth II.

The back of the note depicts the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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