Places you'll see plastic currency (bills and such): futuristic science-fiction films, Phillip K. Dick novels and, now, Canada. That's right, the land of cable-done-smart is getting cool money now, too.
Yep, the new $100 bill released by the Bank of Canada is made of a plastic polymer, which makes the bills far harder to counterfeit (though I'm still convinced there was a "futuristic coolness" factor involved in this decision).
In addition to it being harder to counterfeit for the sole reason that it's made of plastic, it also has many security features liked raised ink on the "100," the words "Bank of Canada" and, of course, the shoulders of Sir Robert Borden, who, as we all learned today, was the prime minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920.
In addition, there are two transparent windows, one showing a maple leaf and the other with the image of a building. These have a number of Inception-like features: security built into security. For example, move the bill around and the building changes colors, and look closely with a single-point light source, and you'll see some secret numbers in the maple leaf.
That, and it's fun to peek through.
Canadian counterfeiters beware: $50 bills are coming in March and $5s and $10s are coming by 2013. Time to hit Craigslist and look for a new profession. Or, you know, just move to one of the countless nations that are still holding on to paper bills.
Watch the video below for more details.
Via L.A. Times