The $5 note was issued on March 27, 2002. It is the second in the new series of bank notes called Canadian Journey. This new series features themes that celebrate Canada’s history, culture, and achievements. The portrait features Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who was Canada’s first French-Canadian Prime Minister, and held office from 1896 to 1911. Reverse is NOT engraved by Slania.
On 17th March 2004 Canada has issued a 100$ banknote featuring a portrait of Sir Robert Borden, Canada’s Prime Minister 1911-1920.
And a latest discovery show that two plates were made for 100 $ banknote, see differences in jacket, neck of the shirt…
Rumours have it that also the 50$ banknote issued on 17th November 2004 was done by Mr. Slania. A letter to Mr. Jerzy Krysiak (Sweden), dated 13th January 2005 disproves the rumour, stating that the 50$-note was completed by resources at B.A. International Inc. Here is the info sent by Banque du Canada to this webpage author:
«Good day Vicente: This is in response to your email requesting information on which notes were engraved by Czeslaw Slania:
- 5 note Mr. Czeslaw Slania completed the portrait engraving of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on the $5 bank note that was first issued on 27 March 2002.
- $10 note Mr. Jorge Peral, Artistic Director for the Canadian Bank Note Company (one of the two companies that prints Canadian bank notes), engraved the portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald on the $10 note that was first issued on 17 January 2001. $20 note Mr. Jorge Peral, engraved the portrait of the Queen on the $20 note that was first issued on 29 September 2004. The engraving was based on a photograph taken in 2000 and approved by the Queen.
- $50 note For the Canadian Journey $50 note, the engraving work of the portrait of William Lyon Mackenzie King was produced by BA International Inc. (one of the two companies that prints Canadian bank notes) using a mechanical digital imaging process.
- $100 note Mr. Czeslaw Slania completed the portrait engraving of Sir Robert Borden on the $100 note that was first issued on 17 March 2004.
A proof plate of 50 $ was engraved by Slania, but it was not accepted.