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New Canadian Money Smells Like What?

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New Canadian $100, $50 and $20 bills are already out, and later this year they’ll release $5 and $10 bills, made basically of plastic.

Canada has moved away from cotton-based paper money to a polymer that’s more expensive to produce but is expected to last two to three times longer than paper. They’re also harder to counterfeit. They have security features like raised ink, hidden numbers and hologram images.

The bills feel smooth and a little waxy. You can crease them, but you can’t seem to tear them.

There are some complaints that they tend to stick to each other making them harder to count out. Some people say they melt when they’re exposed to high heat, like in a clothes dryer.

Something else. People swear they smell like maple syrup. The Bank of Canada has been bombarded with emails, letters and phone calls asking if it’s true there’s a scratch and sniff section on the new bills.

Some people have even complained that some of the new bills they got didn’t smell like maple. One person complained that the bill originally had the maple scent but lost it and they strongly suggested they increase the strength of the maple smell.

Some people say heat increases the smell. If you keep some of the new Canadian bills in your back pocket your butt has a tendency to warm them up and make the maple smell more noticeable.

The Bank of Canada continues to deny their new money smells like maple. But since they made all of those changes because of counterfeiting in the first place – it might be a good idea to make it even harder to copy.

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