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20 Dollars 2001, Canada

in Krause book Number: 97d
Years of issue: 2001 - 2003
Edition: 2 227 730 000
Signatures: Deputy Governor: Mr. M.D. Knight, Governor: Mr. D.A. Dodge
Serie: Birds of Canada
Specimen of: 1991
Material: 100% raw cotton
Size (mm): 152.4 х 69.85
Printer: Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, Ottawa

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20 Dollars 2001

Description

Watermark:

Security device - a square, metallic patch that shifts from gold to green and back again.

Avers:

20 Dollars 2001

HM The Queen Elizabeth II.

This is one of the most informal portraits of Queen Elizabeth to be used on any banknote, and it is also one of the most flattering of the mature monarch. The engraved portrait used on the Canadian banknotes (Nos. 94, 97 and 100 in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money) was executed by Henry S. Doubtfire of Thomas De La Rue. Adapted from an official portrait by Anthony Buckley in 1984, the engraving shows Queen Elizabeth wearing a dress with a plain neckline and wearing the necklace of three matched strings of pearls.

silver jubilee necklace

The Three Strand Pearl Necklaces.

Queen Elizabeth's standard daytime wardrobe includes pearls, of course; usually a triple strand necklace. She has at least three of these, according to Leslie Field in The Queen's Jewels:

1) A gift from her grandfather, King George V, to commemorate his Silver Jubilee in 1935.

2) One made from graduated family pearls which the Queen had created with a diamond clasp soon after she acceded the throne in 1952.

3) A gift for her coronation in 1953 from the Emir of Qatar, also with a diamond clasp.

And there are more as well. The differences between pearl necklaces are hard to track, especially when you can't see the clasp (and you normally can't when the Queen wears them). "From her Majesty's Jewel vault" (англ.).

Also on HM The Queen are Devonshire earrings.

Devonshire earrings

Purchased by the Ladies of Devonshire, headed by Lady Clinton, as a wedding present for Princess May of Teck (later Queen Mary) and made to match a pearl and diamond necklace presented by the "Ladies of England". The earrings were a wedding present from Queen Mary to Princess Elizabeth in 1947. (A Royal Wedding 1947)

On the right side is Library of Parliament.

Bibliotheque du Parlement

The Library of Parliament (Bibliothèque du Parlement) is the main information repository and research resource for the Parliament of Canada. The main branch of the library sits at the rear of the Centre Block, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Ontario, and is the last untouched part of that larger building's original incarnation, after it burned down in 1916. The library has been augmented and renovated a number of times since its construction in 1876, the last between 2002 and 2006, though the form and decor remain essentially authentic.

The coat of arms of Canada is on the top.

coat canada

The Arms of Canada , also known as the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada or formally as the Arms of Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada is, since 1921, the official coat of arms of the Canadian monarch and thus also of Canada. It is closely modeled after the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom with distinctive Canadian elements replacing or added to those derived from the British.

The maple leaves in the shield, blazoned "proper", were originally drawn vert (green) but were redrawn gules (red) in 1957 and a circlet of the Order of Canada was added to the arms for limited use in 1987. The shield design forms the monarch's royal standard and is also found on the Canadian Red Ensign. The Flag of the Governor General of Canada, which formerly used the shield over the Union Flag, now uses the crest of the arms on a blue field.

The heraldic blazon of Canada's coat of arms is:

Tierced in fesse the first and second divisions containing the quarterly coat following, namely, 1st, gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or, 2nd, Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory gules, 3rd, azure a harp Or stringed argent, 4th, azure, three fleurs-de-lis Or, and the third division argent three maple leaves conjoined on one stem proper. And upon a royal helmet mantled argent doubled gules the crest, that is to say, on a wreath of the colours argent and gules a lion passant guardant Or imperially crowned proper and holding in the dexter paw a maple leaf gules. And for supporters on the dexter a lion rampant Or holding a lance argent, point Or, flying therefrom to the dexter the Union Flag, and on the sinister a unicorn argent armed crined and unguled Or, gorged with a coronet composed of crosses-patée and fleurs-de-lis a chain affixed thereto reflexed of the last, and holding a like lance flying therefrom to the sinister a banner azure charged with three fleurs-de-lis Or; the whole ensigned with the Imperial Crown proper and below the shield upon a wreath composed of roses, thistles, shamrocks and lillies a scroll azure inscribed with the motto A mari usque ad mare.

Denominations in numerals are in top right corner and on the left side.

Revers:

20 Dollars 2001

Gavia immer

The Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer), is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The species is known as the Common Loon in North America.

The Great Northern Loon breeds in North America, Greenland, Iceland, and Great Britain. This species winters on sea coasts or on large lakes of south Europe and the United States, and south to northwestern areas of Africa.

Denominations are in lower right and top left corners.

Comments:

The Birds of Canada series was designed with enhanced security features to counter developments in color-copier technology.

Larger portraits of the Queen and former Canadian prime ministers made it easier to see the fine-line work in the face and hair. This was also the last series to include small green dots (planchettes) in the bank note paper.

This note was first issued on 29.06.1993.