Security Features on the Vertical $10 Note

The bold security features on the vertical $10 note are easy to check and difficult to counterfeit.

Just remember: Bank notes are only secure if you check them. The same basic checking method applies to all polymer notes.

Polymer

Feel the smooth, unique texture of the note. It is made from a single piece of polymer with some transparent areas.

Raised Ink

Feel the raised ink on the portrait, the word “Canada” and the large number at the bottom.

Colour-shifting Eagle Feather

Look at the pattern in the eagle feather. Tilt the note to see the pattern move up and down, and the colour shift from gold to green.

3-D Maple Leaf

Look at the large maple leaf that appears to be raised. Feel it to confirm that the surface is actually flat.

Transparent Maple Leaf

Look at the maple leaf. It is clear and feels slightly raised on the front of the note.

Large Transparent Window

Look at the detailed metallic images and symbols in and around the large transparent window.

Metallic Symbols and Images

Look at the detailed metallic images and symbols in the large window. Tilt the note to see sharp colour changes in the metallic elements. Flip the note to see the library ceiling and maple leaves repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side.

Maple Leaves Above the Portrait

Look at the three maple leaves above the portrait.

  • The gold to green colour shift of the eagle feather from the back of the note can be seen through the smallest leaf.
  • The largest leaf is a clear window.

Bank Note Specifics

  • Portrait: Viola Desmond, 1914-1965
  • Featured on the reverse: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Signatures: Left – Carolyn A. Wilkins, Right – Stephen S. Poloz
  • Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)
  • Issue date: November 19, 2018

The $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond: security features

The bold security features are easy to check and difficult to counterfeit.