Pick: #93 , The Banknote Book: B356 , Other: #BC-54
Canada. Bank of Canada. 1969-1979 Issue. 20 Dollars Type 1979. Date of issue: 18-12-1979. Printers: Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited (CBNC) and British American Bank Note Company, Limited (BABNC). Dimensions: 152 x 70 mm. No watermark. No security thread. Front and back: multicolored printing called "rainbow printing". This 20 dollar note marks a turning point in the evolution of the notes of Canada. The goal is to make banknotes more easily readable by machines. Letters are removed from serial numbers. The serial number printed in red and blue disappears permanently from the front. It is now reported twice in black at the bottom of the back in a sequence of 11 digits and replaces the text of the issuing institution "BANK OF CANADA - BANK OF CANADA". Banknotes of $ 5 and $ 20 will be the only modified notes of the 1969-1979 series. This printing technique will be generalized from the following series in 1986. Description of the front: texts in English and French. The value "20" is repeated in the corners. Above, in the guilloche frame, the text of the issuing institute and its translation "BANK OF CANADA - BANK OF CANADA". On the left, the coat of arms of Canada. In the center, the values "VINGT / 20 / TWENTY DOLLARS", the word "CANADA" in large letters and the words "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER - CE BILLET A COURS LEGAL". On the right, a portrait of SAR Elizabeth II in evening dress and wearing a diamond necklace. Below, signatures printed in green were engraved on steel plates before printing. Three variants of signatures with The Deputy Governor and The Governor. Description of the back: a multicolored guilloche frame with the values "20" and "TWENTY / VINGT" repeated in the corners. At the bottom, in a white area, the text of the issuing institute is replaced by two 11-digit numbers printed side by side in black. In the middle is a view of Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Alberta. The specimen is known with two "SPECIMEN" horizontal and vertical red surcharges on the front and numbered twice in black "00000000000" on the back.
Note: As the letters have been removed, a combination of the first 3 digits of the number has been set up to differentiate the 5 dollar and 20 dollar bills. The first digit is always the "3" for the 5 Dollars and the "5" for the 20 Dollars.
For the 5 dollar note:
1) If the number begins with the digits "30" = issued note printed by CBNC.
2) If the number begins with the digits "31" = replacement note printed by CBNC.
3) If the number begins with the digits "33" = test note printed by CBNC.
For the 20 Dollars note:
1) If the number begins with the digits "50" or "52" = issued note printed by CBNC.
2) If the number begins with the digits "56" = issued note printed by the BABNC.
3) If number begins with the digits "510" = replacement note printed by CBNC.
4) If the number begins with the digits "516" = replacement note printed by the BABNC.