On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
The Canadian two dollar bill was discontinued in 1996 and if there was a flag on the back it would have been the Canadian flag. The Union Jack was still considered to be the official flag of Canada way back when, prior to the red maple leaf. The bill is a 2 dollar coin and the picture(s) are always changing and usually it’s that of a bird or an animal, native to Canada.
“The two dollar bill (since discontinued) showed the “maple leaf” flag. The flag mistaken for the American flag is on the $5, $10, and $50, and it’s actually the “red ensign,” Canada’s old flag prior to the 1960s. The Red Ensign is predominantly red and consists of a small Union Jack in the upper left hand corner and the Canadian Coat of Arms in the lower right field.
- These elements are clearly visible on the note with the aid of a magnifying glass. Horizontal lines were engraved across the face of the Red Ensign to create a sense of motion and to deepen the contrast between the flag’s background and the small Union Jack. These lines should not be mistaken for horizontal bands such as appear on the American flag.
- The American flag has never been placed on any Canadian banknote.”
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