1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes

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These first Bank of Canada notes were designed by two printing companies, the British American Bank Note Company (BABN) and the Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd. (CBN), that had designed and produced the Dominion of Canada notes. BABN and CBN, both based in Ottawa, still print all Bank of Canada notes.

The first bank notes were unilingual. All denominations were available in either English or French. The designs were identical, differing only in the language used. The front of the notes featured a portrait of a member of the royal family or of a former Canadian prime minister. Allegorical figures alluding to Canada’s growing agricultural, industrial, and commercial prosperity appeared on the back of each note.

Unique to the 1935 series were a $25 note, issued to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V and a $500 note, a carry-over from Dominion of Canada bank notes.

This is the only Bank of Canada series that includes $25 and $500 bank notes.

The $1 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $2 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $2 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $2 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $5 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $5 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $5 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $10 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $10 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $10 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $20 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $20 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $20 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $25 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $25 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $25 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $25 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $25 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $50 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $50 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $50 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $50 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $50 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $100 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $100 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $100 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $100 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $100 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $500 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $500 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $500 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $500 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $500 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

The $1000 Note

Unilingual Series (English)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1000 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1000 (back)

Unilingual Series (French)

1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1000 (front) 1935 Series, The First Bank of Canada Notes, $1000 (back)

The $1 note was printed by CBN. The front of the note features a portrait of King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. The words “Ottawa, Issue of 1935” appear on all the notes. The signatures on this and all other notes in this series are those of Graham Towers, the Bank of Canada’s first Governor, and J.A.C. Osborne, Deputy Governor. Detail of the back of the 1935 Bank of Canada $1 note. The allegorical image represents agriculture. The allegorical figure representing agriculture was based on a painting by Alonzo Foringer and was engraved by ABN’s Will Jung.

Issue Date: 11 March 1935
Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

Signatures:
Left – J.A.C. Osborne
Right – G.F. Towers

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