Canada’s new $10 banknote – the first from the Bank of Canada’s as-of-yet unnamed eighth series – was released by the Bank of Canada on Nov. 19. Black rights activist and Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond graces the vertically oriented $10 note. It will mark the first time a Canadian woman is portrayed on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note. The new bank note is also the first vertically oriented banknote issued in Canada. This allows for a more prominent image of Desmond and differentiates this new $10 note from the current polymer notes. You are purchasing a GEM uncirculated banknote, with three display options. The first option features the banknote in a clear snaplock currency holder. Chemically inert. Free of PVC, acids and softners. The second option features the banknote inside the snaplock holder and displayed in a glass top mohagany presentation case. The third option includes the first two options plus an easel to allow the case to be displayed vertically. The bank notes feature the prefix FTW.
Desmond, an icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada. She is perhaps best known for defiantly refusing to leave a “whites-only” area of a movie theatre in 1946; she was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. The ensuing court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada.
The back of the $10 note features images and symbols that represent Canada’s ongoing pursuit of rights and freedoms. It features the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)—the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Also depicted on the note are an eagle feather—representing the ongoing journey toward recognizing rights and freedoms for Indigenous Peoples in Canada—and an excerpt from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.