Polymer Porn: Canada's Sexy New $100 Bill

moneyHave you got your hands on one of our new $100 bills yet? It's made out of a single sheet of plastic polymer and it's totally pimped out.

Canada will introduce plastic $50 notes in March, and plastic $5 and $10 bills will come out by the end of 2013.

Now that's hot.

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It's all about the Bordens!

November 17, 2011 @ 8:50 PM


Got to feel one up the other day. I still did a doubletake, even though I knew they were on the way!

November 17, 2011 @ 9:22 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Just seen one today, they're cool. What's with the plastic though?

November 17, 2011 @ 11:19 PM


I'm assuming its similar to the bills in Australia?

November 18, 2011 @ 12:56 AM


I have one of the first polymer notes introduced in Australia from my visit there in 1988. I got familiar with them again in 2007 when I was back there for a vacation. You get familiarized with their feel very quickly. Compared to fibre/paper-based notes, they last many times longer, offsetting their higher production cost. The real savings for us will come when the $20 note is polymer.

Switching to these notes make sense. Now, if we could just follow the Aussies and get rid of the penny. Before anyone goes on a tirade about how retailers will simply adjust prices to make sure that they benefit from rounding up on the final transaction, we have different tax rates across the country and rounding would only apply on cash transactions. Australia's largest retailer tracked rounding for the first year it was in effect - off by less than a dollar, and in the consumer's favour. Let's get rid of the penny.

November 18, 2011 @ 8:26 AM


Polymer porn? Okay, look at it this way: The note feels different, reacts differently, and you'll get used to it. Kind of like having a new girlfriend.

November 18, 2011 @ 8:28 AM

Jason Patterson

Why don't we simply eliminate all money and insert a debit chip under our skin?

Make everything digital, so that everything is uber "safe"

Oh, and let's make more shit out of plastic, that's a great idea too.

November 18, 2011 @ 9:17 AM


I love the tone of the video. "OK, counterfeiters, here are all the things you're going to have to figure out how to do this time. Now go!"

Also, the moment in the video when you have to LOOK VERY CAREFULLY through the hole in the maple leaf had me vaguely terrified of what I was about to see. It's kind of demanding a spoof by Mercer, if he hasn't done it already.

Meanwhile, here in America, they will cling to their linen-paper, ugly, green bills until the end of time, because if anyone talked about changing them, it would be all "OH NOES TEH SOCIALISM!!!!1!"

November 18, 2011 @ 9:44 AM


I haven't seen one of those notes yet. Sounds like a good idea. I know they are marking the paper money so blind people can feel it and identify it, but the markings wear off quickly. Let's hope that the plastic ones will last longer.

November 18, 2011 @ 4:56 PM


I learn something new every time Cheryl posts. Thanks Cheryl!

November 20, 2011 @ 9:07 AM

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