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2 Dollars 1987, Canada

in Krause book Number: 94b
Years of issue: 1986 -1994
Edition: 1 773 400 000
Signatures: Deputy Governor: G.G. Thiessen, Governor: Mr. J.W. Crow
Serie: Birds of Canada
Specimen of: 1986
Material: 100% raw cotton
Size (mm): 152.4 х 69.85
Printer: Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, Ottawa

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2 Dollars 1987




2 Dollars 1987

Anthony Buckley

HM The Queen Elizabeth II, photograph by Anthony Buckley (1912–93), print, circa 1983, National Currency Collection.

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, given to her by King George V on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee, on 6 May 1935.

On the right side is Canadian Parliament on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The Parliament Hill (Colline du Parlement) is behind the Queen.

The coat of arms of Canada is at 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.

Denominations in numerals are centered left and in top right corner.


2 Dollars 1987

Turdus migratorius

The American Robin (Turdus migratorius), also known as the robin, is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European Robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European robin belonging to the flycatcher family. The American Robin is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering from southern Canada to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast.

Denominations are in lower right and top left corners.


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 02.09.1986.

Printed till 1996, because from this year the new 2 Dollars coin - Toonie - were issued.