Monday, July 16, 2012

New Canadian Drastic Plastic "Paper" Money

Polymer- its not just for Glocks and Thermold mags anymore:

Yes, I managed to get my hands on one of the new Canadian $50 bills, just released in March of this year. The new $50 (and the new $100 for that matter) is made from polymer, complete with see-through windows, holograms, and raised braille indentations for the visually impaired.

The $50 bill also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Canada's Coast Guard, featuring the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen.

It definitely feels different than standard paper money.

Of course, this isn't a completely new technology. The Australians have had a polymer bill for quite some time but it's the first go-round for Canada.

While the bills look pretty neat, and apparently last longer than comparable paper bills, the technology may not be fully ready for prime time.

There's reports of the bills crinkling and melting in the Canadian heat. Somehow I suspect a US version wouldn't last long in Arizona until the formula gets a bit more refined.

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