Show Me The Money!

53-money-01 Happy Chinese New Year!
With the traditional exchange of Chinese red envelopes at this time of year, I thought it would be an auspicious time to compare Canadian and U.S. denominations.

Canadian and United States coins are similar, however, banknotes are aesthetically very different. Canadian bills are colour-coded by their denominations, whereas U.S. bills all have relatively the same colour tone.

Canada USA
Value Common Reference
Common Reference
$0.01 penny, cent

CAD: withdrawn 2012
penny, wheat, cent
$0.05 nickel
$0.10 dime
$0.25 quarter
$0.50 half-dollar

CAD: non-circulation
half-dollar, 50-cent

USA: limited circulation
$1.00 loonie
golden dollar, Sacajawea

USA: limited circulation
$2.00 toonie
Canada USA
Value Common Reference
Common Reference
$1 dollar bill

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CAD: withdrawn 1989
dollar bill, single, buck, bone

George Washington

Great Seal of the U.S.

$2 $2 bill

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CAD: withdrawn 1996

Thomas Jefferson

Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence

USA: limited circulation

$5 $5 bill

Sir Wilfred Laurier

Canadarm2 and Dextre


Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln Memorial

$10 $10 bill

Sir John. A MacDonald

Canada’s vast railway


Alexander Hamilton

U.S. Treasury

$20 $20 bill

Queen Elizabeth II

Canadian National Vimy Memorial


Andrew Jackson

White House

$50 $50 bill

William Lyon Mackenzie King

CCGS Amundsen


Ulysses S. Grant

U.S. Capitol

$100 $100 bill

Sir Robert Borden

Medical Innovation

Benjamins, C-notes

Benjamin Franklin

Independence Hall

The Bank of Canada is Canada’s sole banknote-issuing authority and is responsible for designing, producing, and distributing Canada’s banknotes. For coins, the Royal Canadian Mint produces Canada’s circulation coins and collector coins.

In the United States, the Federal Reserve System issues banknotes and places them in circulation, whereas the U.S. Mint is the authority on America’s circulation coins and collector coins.

Since late 2011, Canada began moving from paper money to polymer banknotes. U.S. bills remain as paper money.

The largest denomination circulated in Canada was the $1,000 bill. Printing of these $1,000 notes ceased in 2000. The largest denomination circulated in the U.S. was a whopping $100,000 bill! These $100,000 notes were only printed from December 1934 through January 1935.

Wishing you a Lunar year of the Horse that is rich with laughter, happiness and good health!

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