The new Canadian 20 dollar bill made of polymer is displayed at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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When Canada was designing its current C$20 bill, it considered dispensing with its "tradition" of depicting the reigning British monarch if Queen Elizabeth dies or abdicates, internal documents from the country's central bank showed.The longest-reigning British monarch, Elizabeth appears on all standard Canadian coins, but only one banknote, the C$20 ($15) bill.The 90-year-old Elizabeth, head of state of 16 Commonwealth countries including Canada, has reigned since 1952 and remains popular in the Northern American country. In the documents, central bank staff working on the 2012 C$20 bill wrote that depicting the reigning British monarch was "a matter of tradition".
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