1967 Centennial of Confederation Series Specimen Notes
In 1967, the Bank of Canada issued special $1 notes to commemorate the centennial of Confederation. The face of the note resembles that of the 1954 $1 issue, except for the maple leaf centennial symbol at the left and references to the centennial along the top and bottom. The back vignette portrays the original Centre Block of the Parliament buildings, which was destroyed by fire in 1916. The same vignette was used on the face of the 1872 $100 Dominion of Canada note.
A specimen note is one which is genuine, although not negotiable, with no serial number or a serial number consisting solely of zeros, with one signature or no signature, sometimes with holes punched through the signature positions and sometimes overprinted or stamped "SPECIMEN". Specimen notes are often distributed to banks and other institutions at the time of the introduction of a new issue as an aid in recognizing the new notes and in detecting counterfeits. In two public auctions (one in 1999 and a second in 2000), the Bank of Canada made available quantities of specimen notes which were surplus to their operations.
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