Canadian $10 Bill Wins Bank Note Award

You can take this one to the bank.


For the first time in nearly 15 years, a Canadian banknote has been named the best in the world. The International Bank Note Society has recognized the new $10 bill as the winner of the 2018 Bank Note of the Year Award. The bill features human rights icon Viola Desmond on its front and the exterior of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on its back.


Desmond, who you can learn more about in this story from when her bill was released, is the first woman outside the Royal Family to be featured on Canadian currency. According to the International Bank Note Society website,, over 150 new banknotes were released worldwide during 2018, only 10% were of sufficiently new design to be nominated for the award.  Almost from the start, Canada’s new vertically oriented $10 bill dominated the voting, and this is the fifth consecutive polymer containing note to win the coveted IBNS Bank Note of the Year Award.

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