Government unveils new polymer bills

By Staff

Ottawa – The Bank of Canada unveiled a new series of polymer bank notes Monday morning, currency the government believes will be harder to counterfeit and longer lasting that the current cotton / paper notes.

The $100 note will be the first to be released this November, and features images that focus on Canadian innovations in the field of medicine. Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada between 1911 and 1920, remains on the note, although the portrait has been updated.

The $50 note, to be released in March of 2012, features images of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen in the North, reflecting Canada’s leading role in Arctic research. An updated portrait of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister between 1921 and 1930 and again from 1935 to 1948, is on the front of the note.

The $20, $10 and $5 notes will be released between 2012 and 2013.

All notes will contain several unique features that expand bank note security, making them difficult to counterfeit but easy to check. Most prominent of the design enhancements are two transparent areas: the larger area extends from the top to the bottom of the note and contains complex holographic features; the other is in the shape of a maple leaf.
The following video outlines the design and features of the new bills.

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