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New Canadian $100 dollar bill in circulation

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The Bank of Canada has unveiled a newly designed $100 bill. On March 17, 2004, 120 million copies of the new bill will begin circulating.

The bill incorporates new high-tech security features and is designed to be easier for visually impaired people to identify. The $100 bill is the third in the Canadian Journey Series of bank notes which celebrates Canadian history, culture, and achievements.

Features Against Counterfeiting

In addition to the standard security features incorporated in all Canadian bank notes, the new $100 bill has new anti-counterfeiting features including a metallic holographic stripe, a watermarked portrait, a windowed colour-shifting thread and a see-through number.

To help people with vision problems, the new $100 bill uses raised dots, large, high-contrast numerals, and codes that can be read by a portable electronic reader distributed by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden still appears on the front of the $100 bill, although it's a new picture. The back of the bill has changed from a picture of the Canada goose to a collage celebrating exploration and innovation.

The Bank of Canada plans to introduce new $20 and $50 bills later in 2004.





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