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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-20-2011 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bank of Canada press release (excerpts)
Bank of Canada's $5 note: Canadarm2, Dextre

The Bank of Canada unveiled a new polymer bank note series today at its head office in Ottawa. Information on the polymer material and advanced new security features was released, along with the images and designs of the soon-to-be-issued $100 and $50 bank notes, and the themes for the remaining notes in the series.

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty and RCMP Commissioner William J. S. Elliott joined Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney for the unveiling ceremony.

Minister Flaherty spoke of the importance of cash as a means of payment in the daily lives of Canadians, adding this is why it is important Canadians see their story reflected in the designs. "These bank notes evoke the country's spirit of innovation, and their designs celebrate Canada's achievements at home, around the world and in space," he said. "Bank notes are cultural touchstones that reflect and celebrate our Canadian experience."

The notes will contain a number of unique features that expand the frontiers of bank note security and will make them difficult to counterfeit but easy to check. Most prominent are two transparent areas: the larger area extends from the top to the bottom of the note and contains complex holographic features; the other is in the shape of a maple leaf.

Starting with the $20 note in 2012, the remaining bank notes in the polymer series will be issued by the end of 2013. The themes of the other denominations will be...

$5 - Canadarm2 and Dextre -- symbolize Canada's continuing contribution to the international space program through robotics innovation. (Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier)
The specific designs and detailed images of these notes will not be released until their official unveiling dates.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-21-2011 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool! Space on one side and my High School name sake on the other. I am going to have to get my brother to send me some when they arrive in 2013.

music_space
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posted 06-21-2011 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, cool. Sir Wilfrid Laurier is one of the important statespersons in Canadian history. I'll be happy to send of these bank notes to cS colleagues when it comes out.

garymilgrom
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posted 06-21-2011 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
François please keep us informed. If the Bank of Canada is like the Canadian post office, they may issue commemorative folders for the bills, or pages of 20 or 100 bills etc. All good stuff for Canadian space geeks!

Robert Pearlman
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Canada launches new space robot-themed $5 bill with astronaut in orbit

The Bank of Canada had appropriate help Tuesday (April 30) launching its new space-themed $5 bill – the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS).

"Let me show you an example of how we can reach new heights of innovation," Canadian Space Agency astronaut and Expedition 35 commander Chris Hadfield said, while revealing the astronaut- and robot-arm-adorned bank note from on board the orbiting complex.

Hadfield held up the new blue-color note and let it float in front of him during a live broadcast from the space station.

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This is really wonderful. It's a great source of pride for me as an American that so many people from other nations take pride in their contributions to space exploration.

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It's awesome. Nothing like the big Ike dollars that had the Apollo 11 logo on the back of them. I hope the US Mint release something similar sometime soon.

Any word on how hard/easy it would be to obtain these $5 notes?

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posted 04-30-2013 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go to a currency exchange in the nearest big city or airport and ask if they have it?

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posted 04-30-2013 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Keep in mind that circulation will not begin until November. It will then probably take some time to reach exchange counters outside of Canada.

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The Bank of Canada will begin circulating the new $5 bill on Thursday (Nov. 7).
A ceremony to officially issue the new $5 note, which symbolizes Canada's continuing contribution to the International Space Station program through robotics innovation, and features the Canadarm2 and Dextre on the back of the note, will be held at the Canadian Space Agency in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

Joining Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz to speak at the event will be Chris Hadfield, retired Canadian astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station.

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posted 11-04-2013 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love to get my hands on the new $5 note and went to the Bank of Canada website, but there's no "store" to purchase the note. Does anyone know how to shop the Bank of Canada or its website?

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It does not appear that the Bank of Canada operates a collector's shop or sells its currency online. Barring taking a trip to Canada, you may need to wait until the bills circulate widely enough, such that they are available at currency exchange desks or look to eBay, where there are already sellers offering the new $5 note on pre-order.

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posted 11-05-2013 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Robert for the tip-off! I went and pre-ordered the note. There are several sellers that offer just the $5 one in addition to the $10 with varying prices.

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Canada launches new space robot-themed $5 bill into circulation

Canadians can now cash in on their country's contributions to the International Space Station with the release of a new five dollar bill emblazoned with the orbiting outpost's Canadarm2 robotic arm.

The Bank of Canada began circulating the new $5 note on Thursday (Nov. 7), seven months after debuting the space inspired design aboard the space station. Recently retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who in April revealed the first of the blue-color bills while serving as commander of the station's Expedition 35 crew, came to the Canadian Space Agency's Quebec headquarters to help launch the polymer currency.

"To put technological imagery onto a five dollar bill — it shows that something that was intended as an engineering or exploration achievement can far exceed that," Hadfield told collectSPACE. "It can become culturally symbolic of what people can achieve and part of what people identify as what they are proud of in their civilization."

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CBC News reveals some of the behind the scenes details of how the new $5 note made its debut in space.
Monetary currency cannot normally be part of the Official Flight Kit. A document had to be signed by the Bank of Canada’s Chief of Currency Gerry Gaetz, certifying the flown note will not be sold or used for fundraising purposes. NASA approved the flight kit once it received that reassurance.

And because the bill was being taken into space months before making its debut, Bank of Canada representatives were keen to keep it all hush-hush.

They drew up a contract precisely detailing how the banknote was to be safeguarded: the $5 note was to be under the control of Chris Hadfield at all times, and when it was not in use, it — along with all information relating to it — had to be secured in a locked safe.

On Oct. 4, 2012, Bank representatives dutifully arrived at the Canadian Space Agency — contract in hand — to present the banknote to Hadfield. He launched into space on Dec. 19...

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posted 01-14-2014 12:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis Beatty   Click Here to Email Dennis Beatty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really? All of this security over five dollars? A safe on the space station? ...even if someone took it, they couldn't make much of a getaway.

Robert Pearlman
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Good points, though had the precautions not been taken and by mistake the bill was spotted tacked to station's wall prior to the unveiling or worse, it inadvertently went missing on the station or before being loaded onto the Soyuz for launch, it would have caused problems for the Bank of Canada, which above all else has promoted this new polymer series of notes for their advanced security features.

A bit of overkill, yes, but better safe than sorry.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis Beatty:
All of this security over five dollars?

Remember we're discussing five CANADIAN dollars Dennis

Bonjour to all my fellow Canuck space geeks!

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Yes Canadian dollars and in full COLOUR.

Robert Pearlman
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A Canadian-American friend visiting this Houston this weekend was kind to bring with him a couple of the new $5 bills:

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