Is that Maple I smell?


 You may have already seen the new Canadian 100 dollar note but...

have you smelled it? It is said that one of the added security features is a hint of maple in the notes.  However, this is just an added bonus to the high tech features of the latest innovation in polymer currencies.

Polymer currencies were first developed in Australia in the 1980’s to combat the influx of counterfeit bills.  Since then, we have seen many countries follow suit with the plasticized monies.

This new Canadian bill is equipped with security features that make it easy to check and hard to counterfeit.  These features include:

·         Raised Ink at certain areas of the note.

·         Large window of transparency that contain a metallic portrait and building which incorporate great detail and holographic images.

·        Small numbers and transparent text are also incorporated into the transparent window.

·         A frosted maple leaf window with transparent outline and hidden numbers that match the currency denomination.

This polymer series of notes do cost almost twice the 10 cents needed to make paper bills, but, they are more cost-effective in the long run.  They are recyclable and last two and a half times longer than the older cotton-based model.

These notes are truly a work of art.  The Canadian 50 dollar bill will come into circulation on March 26, 2012 with the 20 dollar note to follow later this year and the 10 dollar and 5 dollar notes to follow in 2013.

I wonder what those will smell like….