|Issue date:||29 September 2004|
|Size:||152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)|
|Date on bank note:||2004|
|Signatures:||Left - W.P. Jenkins
Right - D.A. Dodge
|Portrait:||The portrait and watermark on the $20 note are of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Canada is a constitutional monarchy and a member of the Commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning monarch and head of state. Born in London, England, on 21 April 1926, she acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father King George VI. She was separately proclaimed Queen of Canada during a coronation that took place at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.|
Arts and culture
The artwork of Bill Reid (1920-1998), inspired by the Haida culture of Canada's northwest coast, was chosen to represent this theme. Internationally recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished artists, Bill Reid embraced many art forms during his career. His magnificent works range from the intricate to the monumental—woodcarvings, exquisite jewellery, beautiful prints, and massive sculptures. Depicted on the new $20 note are The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Raven and the First Men, The Grizzly Bear, and Mythic Messengers. Bill Reid was a mentor, and his work continues to inspire Canadian artists in all fields.
The accompanying quote is an excerpt from Gabrielle Roy's novel, The Hidden Mountain* and reminds us that arts and culture define who we are, as well as the system of beliefs, values, and customs that we share.
* This quote was used by permission, McClelland & Stewart Ltd. The Canadian Publishers.