Folks who fit the bill

Since 2004, Canada has joined other nations in becoming less restrictive about who appears on its currency.

When the Bank of Canada issued the nation's first federal banknotes in 1935, our money featured portraits of the Royal Family or former prime ministers. And it wasn't until 2004 that anyone aside from royals or former politicians was featured on our currency. That year, images of women's rights campaigners the Famous Five, including Emily Murphy and Nellie McClung, appeared on the back of Canada's $50 bill. Other countries have been less restrictive about who appears on their currency. Athletes, artists, inventors and adventurers all decorate the bills of other nations.