Polymer &100 Bill

November 14, 2011 by staff 

Polymer &100 Bill, Paying with plastic takes on a new meaning today as the Bank of Canada rolls out new $100 bills to replace the cotton-paper blend note.

The $100 is Canada’s first polymer bank note and features a wealth of anti-counterfeiting features such as partially-hidden numbers.

The bill also includes a large, transparent window, transparent text, a metallic portrait, raised ink and a frosted maple leaf window.

The $100s feature two portraits of prime minister Robert Borden and an image of a researcher at a microscope and a depiction of DNA.

The $50 polymer note will follow next March.

The rest of the plastic money will be in circulation by the end of 2013.

A focus group took a close look at the $100 bill earlier this year and saw several offbeat images the designers didn’t count on.

Some in the group mistook a strand of DNA on the $100 bill for a sex toy.

Most people also thought the see-through window on the new polymer notes was shaped like the contours of a woman’s body.

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