About #103 - 20 Dollars type 2004
Canada. Bank of Canada. 2001-2006 Issue. 20 Dollars Type 2004. Work by Jorge Peral, Artistic Director at the Bank of Canada. Date of introduction: 18-05-2005. Dimensions: 152 x 70 mm. Update security issue: Vertical metallic strip on the left side. Watermark: Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Raised ink in the big number, security thread and puzzle number. Two printers: "E or F" prefix for Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited (CBNC) and "A or B" prefix for British American Bank Note Company, Limited (BABNC). Front and back: Multicolored print predominantly purple, yellow, green and orange. Texts in English and French. Description of the front: graphic composition entirely realized by computer. All the legal texts of the issuing institute "BANK OF CANADA - BANQUE DU CANADA" and "CE BILLET A COURS LEGAL - THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER" have been grouped on the left side in vertical with the logo of the Arms of Canada printed in smaller at the bottom. There is also the value "20" printed in green at the top left. The portrait, even more imposing than in the previous series, is now placed on the left half of the vignette with the face turned to the right. This is Queen Elizabeth II, based on a photograph taken in 2000 by Charles Green. In the center, the word "CANADA" and the value in two languages printed in green, then a front view of the central building of the Parliament of Ottawa, and on the right, the name of the building in English and French written continuously and smaller and smaller inside a white rectangle. Below right, the value "20" is printed in green in large size on a light gradient background with the two signatures printed in green below. Three variants of signatures are known with The Deputy Governor and The Governor. In the elaborate graphics of the background, we can see the presence of iridescent maple leaves and a Canadian flag. Back side description: "The theme of Arts and Culture is illustrated on the back by the artwork of Bill Reid, which was inspired by the Haida culture of Canada’s northwest coast. Depicted from left to right are The Raven and the First Men, Haida Grizzly Bear, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, and Mythic Messengers. The note also features a passage fromLa montagne secrèteby Gabrielle Roy and its English translation by Harry Binsse" (Source: Bank of Canada Museum). At the bottom, the serial number is printed twice in black with the barcode for the blind. The specimen is known with two "SPECIMEN" vertical surcharges in red and numbered twice in black "EYG0000000" on the back. This note receive the prestigious IBNS award for “Bank Note of the Year Award 2004”.