Size: 152.4 x 73.025 mm (6.0 x 2.875 inches)

The creation of a second series of bank notes, only two years after the first, was prompted by changes in Canadian government legislation that required the Bank of Canada to produce bilingual bank notes.

The portrait of King George VI was used on all denominations in this series except for the $100 and $1,000 notes, which featured former Canadian prime ministers. Other departures included colour variations and the central location of the portrait, bordered by English and French text.

Security features included raised ink, which was thick and easily felt (on the front and back), intricate fine-line patterns, and small green dots (planchettes) scattered randomly in the paper.