The Bank of Canada’s new polymer (plastic) $50 bill will officially go into circulation today. The new $50 joins the $100 which has already been circulating throughout the country.

Their leading-edge security features are easy to verify and hard to counterfeit.

They last at least 2.5 times longer than paper notes, reducing processing and replacement costs and environmental impact.

The detailed metallic imagery carried in a transparent area of the notes makes for one-of-a-kind currency.

Easy to Handle:
The new notes feel different from paper notes, but are just as simple to use.

Photos of the $100 and $50 are below. The colours for each denomination will remain the same, but the theme will change a bit.

$100 (Issued November 2011) features images that focus on Canadian innovations in the field of medicine: from pioneering the discovery of insulin to treat diabetes, to the invention of the pacemaker and to the role Canadian researchers have played in mapping the human genetic code. Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada between 1911 and 1920, in an updated portrait, remains on the front of the note.

$50 (Issued March 2012) features images of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen in the North, reflecting Canada’s leading role in Arctic research. It also evokes the part that Canada’s northern frontier—with its vastness and splendour—has played in shaping our cultural identity. An updated portrait of William Lyon Mackenzie King, the Canadian Prime Minister between 1921 and 1930 and again from 1935 to 1948, is on the front of the note.

$20 (Issued Late 2013) The Canadian National Vimy Memorial—evokes the contributions and sacrifices of Canadians in conflicts throughout our history. (Portrait: HM Queen Elizabeth II)

$10 (Issued Late 2013) The Canadian train—represents Canada’s great technical feat of linking its eastern and western frontiers by what was, at the time, the longest railway ever built. (Portrait: Sir John A. Macdonald)

$5 (Issued Late 2013) Canadarm2 and Dextre—symbolize Canada’s continuing contribution to the international space program through robotics innovation. (Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier)

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