Canada began circulating all-plastic $100 bills last week and they’re made out of polymer.

The bill is made from a single piece of smooth polymer, and in certain places – like on the large “100,” the words “Bank of Canada” and the shoulders of Sir Robert Borden (former Canadian primer minster) the ink is raised, adding multiple layers of security.

On the right is a large transparent “window,” which replicates the main image of the prime minister and below it includes a building.

But by far the coolest (and arguably hardest feature to replicate) is the maple leaf window. With a light source coming in from the other side, if you raise the window close to your eye you’ll see hidden numbers that correspond to the value of the bill.

The Bank of Canada, which announced the new bills this summer and began phasing them last Monday, says the notes will last twice as long as paper money and can also be recycled.

Canada plans to introduce $50 polymer notes in March and then $5 and $10 bills in 2013.

Image to link, CHFI



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