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20 Dollars 1950, Canada

in Krause book Number: 62c
Years of issue: 1950 - 1954
Signatures: Deputy Governor: Mr. James E. Coyne, Governor: Mr. Graham F. Towers
Serie: 1937 Issue
Specimen of: 02.01.1937
Material: 75 % Cotton, 25 % Linen
Size (mm): 152.4 х 69.85
Printer: Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, Ottawa

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20 Dollars 1950




20 Dollars 1950

HM The King George VI HM The King George VI.

George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George, 14 December 1895 - 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

This portrait of His Majesty is made by photographer Bertram Park (1883-1972) in March 1938, and it is one of the more widely used images of The King.

I found this image here "Stamp Community Family". The portrait on banknote is, probably, taken from this photo session.

Around his portrait are maple leafs.


20 Dollars 1950

Allegory of Fertility.


The creation of a second series of bank notes, only two years after the first, was prompted by changes in Canadian government legislation that required the Bank of Canada to produce bilingual bank notes.

The portrait of King George VI was used on all denominations in this series except for the $100 and $1,000 notes, which featured former Canadian prime ministers. Other departures included color variations and the central location of the portrait, bordered by English and French text.

Security features included raised ink, which was thick and easily felt (on the front and back), intricate fine-line patterns, and small green dots (planchettes) scattered randomly in the paper.