Polymer dollars: Fingering Canada’s plastic bills

Graven images: Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, and Prime Minister Robert Borden are on Canada’s plastic bills.

(Credit: Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Her majesty looks fantastic in plastic.

A polymer portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is in many Canadian wallets now that a new $20 bill packed with anti-forgery tech is in circulation.

The plastic note follows the circulation of new plastic $100 and $50 bills, but since it changes hands with greater frequently, more Canadians are taking notice.

Reactions to have been mixed. Some say the bills tend to stick together in stacks and ATMs, others have praised their security features, and some say they look like play money.

Apart from Braille-like raised dots for visually impaired users, the twenty’s glossy surface is smooth to the touch, especially along its clear window, which has a metallic image of the queen.

It feels slightly slippery, as if it won’t stay in your hands for long. While similar to previous twenties in some respects, the texture and gloss give it a certain Monopoly quality.

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