That used to be the question when grocery stores asked how you wanted your purchases packed. Now, here in Canada, it could be the question of how you want your change.
In my Funny Money post of about a year ago, I mentioned that Canada was switching over from paper money, to bills made of polymer plastic. Working from the Hundred, they’ve finally changed all the bills over, down to the Five, which is the smallest Canadian bill printed, since we replaced the One and Two-Dollar bills with coins several year ago.
Often kidded by Americans about our “Monopoly Money”, I thought they, and perhaps other non-Canadians, might like to see the changes. These are the most recent, non-plastic 20s, 10s and 5s, first the fronts, and the backs.
These are the new polymer versions, again, first fronts, then backs, showing the uneven-shaped clear strip, the security strip, and (hopefully) the holograms. The first thing I found is that they “talk” to your computer/scanner, and refuse to resolve, to prevent color-copier counterfeiting – after the third try, and checking the computer, and then the scanner. I finally had to use the digital camera, upload to the computer and hope that they publish.
At our income levels, hundred-dollar bills don’t enter the house very often, but thanks to a son who lives at home and doesn’t have to rely on government pensions, and the wife’s stash from selling candles, we have the three most recent iterations of the fifty-dollar bill, the ten-year-old, pure-paper version, the modified version with the security strip, and the new, all-polymer edition, bottom to top.
Despite some snide, condescending, redneck comments about our cash, Canada doesn’t even come close to having the most flamboyant bills. I have some very pretty, and colorful, foreign examples with my coin collection. Perhaps later I could publish pictures of bills from places where it’s a good thing you’re already wearing sunglasses.