Canada New Polymer $100 Notes in Nov 2011 – Now your money is smooth & will bounce!

Nov 17th update:  Happy to say I finally got a chance to play with my new Canada polymer C$100 bill (with video).
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New Bank of Canada $100 Polymer Note - Front

New Bank of Canada $100 Polymer Note - Back

After some waiting, I am very excited to learn that the new $100 polymer bank notes will begin circulation in November 2011 in Canada. And they look great and cool too!

I’ve been waiting for the polymer notes since March 2011 when I wrote, “Secrets of Bank of Canada’s new plastic money: An advance look of 12 possible security features” and “Bank of Canada’s new polymer banknote – Patents & technologies by Securency International“. Now, I have to see how many of the security features are loaded into the $100 bills, the highest value bank notes in Canada. Not surprisingly, I expected the $100 to have the most security features. Yes, $100 bank notes will have everything and the kitchen sink.

Note: This article is being updated for today and the next few days, so please check back for further general and technical coverage.

New Bank of Canada $100 Polymer Note - Frosted maple leaf window

New Bank of Canada $100 Polymer Note - Large window

New Bank of Canada $100 Polymer Note - Hidden numbers

Here is the official video “Bank of Canada: The New $100 Note

Here is a video of my first impression (on20110620) of the Bank of Canada’s new polymer $100 notes.

For example, as I wrote in “An advance look of 12 possible security features” in March 2011, I speculated the use of LATITUDE™, which I think can now be confirmed in the 1:25 mark of the Bank of Canada video.

1. LATITUDE™ (link to pix) [Kempton: likely, especially on higher value banknote like $100]

01-Latitude4

“LATITUDE™ is an optically variable device (OVD) that is integrated into the transparent window area of the substrate and allows for design freedom, which enhances the security of the banknote. Through tilting the banknote, multiple images and optical effects are observed. “

Further comments, with time codes, of the official video “Bank of Canada: The New $100 Note“.

0:32 Smooth texture of the notes

0:40 Feel the raise ink (Is this like WinBoss® discussed in “12 possible security features“? Update: Thinking more about it, actually no. I think WinBoss® is a different advanced feature, not used in C$100.)

1:00 Two transparent windows (Is this like WinTHRU® discussed in “12 possible security features“?)

1:05 Frosted maple leaf window & the large window (Is this like LATITUDE™ discussed in “12 possible security features“?)

1:14 Metallic portrait matches the main portrait (Is this like LATITUDE™ discussed in “12 possible security features“?)

1:22 Metallic building (Is this like LATITUDE™ discussed in “12 possible security features“?)

1:25 Tilting will shift colour on portrait and building (Is this like LATITUDE™ discussed in “12 possible security features“?)

1:50 Look through single point light source will see hidden numbers (is this like WinDOE® (Diffractive Optical Element as discussed in “12 possible security features” ??)

P.S. See my March 2011 article, “Secrets of Bank of Canada’s new plastic money: An advance look of 12 possible security features“.

See official Bank of Canada webcast of the launch announcement.

See also TorStar report, “Coming soon: money you can launder“.

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