F Prefix Table

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3-Digit F-- Prefix Table

In the mid-1980s, the Bank of Canada hit a critical shortage of prefixes under the 2-letter system. In other words, they ran out. The solution was to add a third letter to the prefix, making it three letters followed by seven numbers. The first letter was the printer letter, indicating which company printed the note, then came the second letter being the denominational letter, which was used for about 20-25 series letters, and the last letter was the series letter, which changed with every block of 10,000,000 notes.

All notes with 3-digit prefixes beginning with E, F, G or H were printed by Canadian Bank Note Company Limited.

Each denomination of banknote has its own denominational letter. During this time period, it was adhered to for the most part, but did vary from time to time.

  • $1: A, C, F, L, M
  • $2: B, G, R, U
  • $5: N, O, P
  • $10: D, E, T
  • $20: I, L, S, V, W, Y, Z
  • $50: H, M
  • $100: J, K
  • $1000: K

The following charts display the prefixes used on these series. File:PrefixTable-F.gif

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