The new bills are constructed from a polymer blend that reportedly lasts more than twice as long as cotton-paper currency, as well as be melt- and freeze-proof. These are handy when subjected to harsh Canadian winters as well as washer/drier combos. The texture of these notes are also reportedly quite different than that of traditional money. The new bills include a number of security features such as raised print, metallic ink portraits, transparent and hidden text—even a see-through "window" in the bill.
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