Canada 50 Dollar Note 1975 William Lyon Mackenzie King

Canadian Banknotes 50 Dollar Note 1975 William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada
Canada money currency 50 Dollar Note 1975 Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Canadian Banknotes 50 Dollar Note 1975 William Lyon Mackenzie King
Bank of Canada - Banque du Canada

Obverse: Portrait of William Lyon Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada  1921–1930 and 1935–1948, based on a photograph by Karsh and engraved by Gunderson. Arms of Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada at left. Signatures: Governor of the Bank of Canada (Gouverneur) - Gerald Bouey; Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada (Sous-Gouverneur) - John Crow.

The reverse depicts a dome formation from the Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in "Dome" formation (from their Musical Ride program). The vignette was suggested by Sterling Suggett, a researcher and banknote designer employed by the Bank of Canada, to honour the RCMP's centennial in 1973 and was based on a photograph taken by Donald K. Guerrette. The image made this banknote the most popular of the series. Originally, the vignette was to depict a frozen lake based on a photograph taken near Sudbury, Ontario, but it was rejected because the orange ink had a limited tonal range. A photograph from a National Ballet of Canada performance of Swan Lake that had been proposed for the $1000 banknote was chosen instead as the well-proportioned scene provided "an opportunity for truly virtuoso engraving". A proof engraving was prepared by George Gunderson using slate gray as the dominant colour, but disappointed with the result suggested using "a shade between orchid and claret". This led to the change to the Musical Ride image.

The banknote's colouration was to be the same as that of the $50 banknote of the 1954 Series, but because the Bank of Canada discontinued using the heavy metal required to make the "traditional brilliant orange tint" ink, the colour was thus changed to red.
The banknote was first circulated in March 1975 and printed by Canadian Bank Note Company.

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Scenes of Canada, 1969-1979 Series
Scenes of Canada was the fourth series of banknotes of the Canadian dollar issued by the Bank of Canada. It was first circulated in 1970 to succeed the 1954 Series, and was replaced by the Birds of Canada series beginning in 1986.
The design process for this series began in 1963 with a primary goal of creating banknotes that were more counterfeit-resistant than the 1954 Series it was to replace.
   Each denomination retained the dominant colour of the respective banknote from the 1954 Series: green for the $1 banknote, orange (terracotta) for the $2 banknote, blue for the $5 banknote, mauve (purple) for the $10 banknote, burnt orange (red) for the $50 banknote, and brown for the $100 banknote. Because of the multicoloured tints used to complement the design for each banknote, Bank of Canada staff began referring to the series as the "multicoloured series".
   Initially, all denominations were to feature the portrait of Elizabeth II, but portraits of former prime ministers were used for some denominations at the request of Edgar Benson, the Minister of Finance in 1968, to "reflect Canada's burgeoning national identity". The vertical borders of the obverse were curvilinear, the left edge of which had "multicoloured diamonds" bordering a circular frame within which was the Coat of Arms. It also featured "sweeping guilloch√©" patterns.

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Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a formal event showcasing the equestrian skills performed by 32 cavalry who are regular members of the force. The event is held in Canada and worldwide to promote the RCMP. The first official ride was held in 1887 in Regina, District of Assiniboia, and commanded by Inspector William George Matthews.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), formerly (until 1920) North West Mounted Police, byname Mounties,  Canada’s federal police force. It is also the provincial and criminal police establishment in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec and the only police force in the Yukon and Northwest territories. It is responsible for Canadian internal security as well.
   Founded in 1873, it was originally called the North West Mounted Rifles, but the reaction of the United States to the idea of an armed force patrolling the border caused the name to be changed to the North West Mounted Police. The force’s first installation was Fort McLeod, in the province of Alberta, and it was the only authority for 300,000 square miles (800,000 square km) of wilderness. The original force of 300 men was sent to deal with traders from the United States who were creating havoc among the Indians by trading cheap whiskey for buffalo hides. With a combination of tact and dogged persistence, the Mounties succeeded in driving these men back across the border and pacifying the Indians. Their just treatment of the Indians resulted in the neutrality of the powerful Blackfoot Confederacy during the Riel Rebellion of 1885.
   As the only authority in the region, the force assumed a wide variety of duties. Under its surveillance, the western extension of the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1885. Anticipating the gold rush of 1898, the Mounties preceded the first wave of prospectors to the Yukon. As more than 300,000 settlers poured into Canada after the turn of the 20th century, the Mounties were of considerable assistance to those inexperienced in wilderness survival. In 1904 the prefix “Royal” was added to their name, and in 1920, when it became a federal force throughout Canada, the present name was adopted, and the headquarters were moved from Regina to Ottawa.
   In the 1930s the marine and air divisions, the dog section, and the first of three crime-detection laboratories were added to the force. Between 1940 and 1942, the RCMP vessel St. Roch became the first ship to complete the west-to-east journey through the Northwest Passage and, upon returning east-to-west in 1944, was first to make the trip in both directions.
   The facilities of the national police service of the RCMP — crime-detection laboratories and the identification branch of the force — are available to all authorized police forces. The RCMP-sponsored Canadian Police College is attended by selected members of the force and outside forces. The RCMP is a member of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).


Canadian 50 Dollar Bills

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