Currency CAD Research

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All of the Canadian notes are extremely colourful as seen above and depict all different Canadian leaders; they also feature large clear windows with metallic buildings as well as holograms of the leader placed in the foreground. Maple leaves are integrated into the designs. In June 2011, newly designed notes printed on a polymer substrate, as opposed to cotton fibre, were announced; the first of these polymer notes, the $100 bill, began circulation on 14 November 2011, the $50 bill began circulation on 26 March 2012, the $20 denomination began circulation on 7 November 2012, and the $5 and $10 denominations began circulation on 12 November 2013. The polymer substrate is much better than the linen paper because it cant be ripped and so will last longer as well as can’t be ruined when it gets wet or dirty. The bright colours make the currency easy to sort and differentiate. Each of the note has the Canadian leader in the centre of the note with different important monuments and events depicted on the back. Plastic Money 20120502



  • 1. Raised ink – Feel the raised ink on the large number, the shoulders of the large portrait and the words “Bank of Canada” and “Banque du Canada.”
  • 2. Large window – Look for transparency through the large window containing a metallic portrait and building.
  • 3. Metallic portrait – Look at the details in the metallic portrait in the large window. It matches the large portrait.
  • 4. Metallic building – Look at the details in the metallic building in the large window. Tilt the note to see sharp colour changes in the building.
  • 5. Small numbers – Look at the numbers in and around the large window that match the value of the note. Some of the numbers appear in reverse.
  • 6. Transparent text – Look at the word “Canada.” It is transparent and feels slightly raised.
  • 7. Maple leaf border – Look at the maple leaves that border the large window. Some of the leaves cross into the window.
  • 8. Frosted maple leaf window – Look at the frosted maple leaf window to see that it has a transparent outline.


Flip the note to see the features in the large window repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side.

Added Security

  • 9. Hidden numbersThe hidden numbers are an additional security feature that you can use after checking the other features if you’re still unsure that a polymer note is genuine.


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