Canadian Paper Money - Questions & Answers

[Canadian Paper Money]

This page attempts to answer frequently asked questions pertaining to Canadian Paper Money.  If you have any specific questions relating to the subject, please E-Mail and I will respond to the best of my knowledge.  This page was last updated on 20-Feb-2012.

Table of Contents

0)  What is it worth?


1)  What are Shinplasters and are they valuable?

1900 25-cents

2)  When did Canada introduce bilingual notes?

3)  What are Devil's Face notes?

1954 zoom

4)  What does the "*" beside the serial number represent?

Asterisk   X-note   1-note

5)  What are Canadian grading standards when it comes to paper money?

6)  What organization can I join if I want to learn more about Canadian paper money?

CPMS logo

7)  What is Criminal Code, Section 457?

  1. No person shall make, publish, print, execute, issue, distribute or circulate, including by electronic or computer-assisted means, anything in the likeness of
    (a) a current bank-note; or
    (b) an obligation or a security of a government or bank.

  2. Subsection (1) does not apply to
    (a) the Bank of Canada or its employees when they are carrying out their duties;
    (b) the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or its members or employees when they are carrying out their duties; or
    (c) any person acting under a contract or licence from the Bank of Canada or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

  3. A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  4. No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (3) in relation to the printed likeness of a Canadian bank-note if it is established that the length or width of the likeness is less than three-fourths or greater than one-and-one-half times the length or width, as the case may be, of the bank-note and
    (a) the likeness is in black-and-white only; or
    (b) the likeness of the bank-note appears on only one side of the likeness.

8)  What are the last $1 (1973) and $2 (1986) notes worth?

9)  What is special about the $1 note with the serial number '1867 1967'?

10)  What are the current denominations and portraits/images on Canadian currency?

11)  Why is there an American (US) flag on current Canadian notes?

12)  Where can I find graphics of Canadian notes?

13)  Where can I sell specific notes or an entire collection?