Size: 152.4 x 69.85mm
Paper type: Cotton based
Main colour: Green
The Canadian 20 dollar note is a banknote of the Canadian dollar. The current 20 Canadian dollar note is predominantly green in colour. The front features a portrait of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, the Royal Arms of Canada, and a picture of the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings. Security features visible from the front include a holographic stripe along the left side, depicting the number 20 alternated with maple leaves; a watermark (ghost image) of the Queen's portrait; and a broken-up number 20, which resolves itself when backlit. The reverse side depicts artworks by Bill Reid, notably his sculptures Raven and the First Men and Spirit of Haida Gwaii; it also has a quotation from Gabrielle Roy. The reverse also has a visible security feature: an interleaved metallic strip, reading 20 CAN repeatedly along its length. Yellow dots representing the EURion constellation can be found on both sides (and on all 2001 series notes). As well as textured printing, this new 2004 design incorporates a special tactile feature similar to Braille dots for the visually handicapped indicating the denomination. The 2004 $20 bill was awarded Bank Note of the Year by the International Bank Note Society in 2005.
Canadian 20 dollar note security features
Security features can help you to tell if a Canadian journey series Twenty dollar bill is fake or real.
1. Metallic stripe
Tilt the note. The numbers and maple leaves change color.
2. Ghost image (watermark)
Hold the note up to the light and look through it. A small, ghost-like (watermark) image of the portrait appears. It is visible from both sides of the note.
Hold the note up to the light and look through it. The dashes form a solid line. It is visible from both sides of the note. Tilt the note. The dashes shift from gold to green. Small characters (e.g., CAN 20) match the note’s value.
4. Puzzle number
Hold the note up to the light and look through it. Irregular marks on the front and back of the note form a complete number. It is visible from both sides of the note.
5. Raised print
Feel the raised print on the shoulders of the portrait, the large number, and the words “Bank of Canada . Banque du Canada.”
6. UV seurity feature
Look at the note under UV (ultraviolet) light. Check that the text BANK OF CANADA – BANQUE DU CANADA and a number matching the note’s value glow in interlocking red and yellow. Red and yellow fibers are scattered on both sides of the note.