Are you a currency collector? I’m a bit of one. Nothing too big, but I’ve got a few coins and bills that are kinda of cool. Wish I had a “Devil Head”! Ever heard about that? In 1954, the central bank introduced a new series of bills featuring an engraving of Queen Elizabeth II, but soon trolls spotted a problem with her hair. The Queen’s locks appeared to have the image of a grinning demon, and the notes were soon dubbed the “Devil’s Head” or “Devil’s Face” currency.
Embarrassed central bank officials had the image re-engraved to purge the demon, and re-issued the notes in 1956. Those original “Devil’s Head” banknotes, in pristine condition, can be worth a lot of money today. Sir A. Macdonald is having a bad hair day on the new $10 bill. Focus groups hired to examine the final design of the Bank of Canada’s newest bill and are not happy with his do.
It seems a stray lock of the first prime minister’s hair was touching the head of his neighbour, in images on the prototype bill to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday.”Hair on the right side of Sir John A. Macdonald’s face touching Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s ear,” warns the official report from the private preview of the banknote.
Cartier’s image also had an annoying hair problem.”Eyebrows with one hair in particular sticking up.” Bank officials declined to say exactly what they did to resolve those problems, but the new plastic banknote begins circulating June 1.