Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Never Issued Canada $10 and $20 Banknotes by Giori

In 1963, the Bank of Canada was considering the issue of a new series of bank notes to counteract the expanded counterfeiting of notes from the 1954 series. Several security printing firms were invited to submit designs. Giori, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, submitted both a $10 and a $20 model depicting Queen Elizabeth on the face and a landscape scene on the back. Although both models were rejected by the Bank of Canada, their design marked a significant departure from the more traditional look of the 1954 series. New graphic elements and security features were proposed to reduce counterfeiting.

Bank of Canada, $10 face and back model from Giori (1964)
Bank of Canada, $20 face and back model from Giori (1964)

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