Category: Canadian Dollar
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The Canadian one-hundred-dollar note is one of five banknotes of the Canadian dollar. It is the highest-valued and least-circulated of the notes since the $1000 note was gradually removed from circulation starting in 2000.
The current 100-dollar note was put into circulation through major banks in November 2011, made of a durable polymer instead of the traditional paper notes.
The notes are dominantly brown in color; the front design of the note features former prime minister Robert Borden and the design on the back depicts the discovery of insulin. Security features introduced into the note design include two transparent windows, which make the notes harder to forge than the traditional notes.
One window extends from the top to the bottom of the note and has holographic images inlaid. The other window is in the shape of a maple leaf. Additional features include transparent text, a metallic portrait, raised ink, and partially hidden numbers.
The note’s design and change of material to a polymer (plastic) paper, for longevity and counterfeit prevention, was first announced on 10 March 2011. On 20 June 2011, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unveiled the new CAD 100 BILL.
The previous 100-dollar note is dominantly brown in color. It is still largely in circulation. The front features a portrait of Robert Borden, the coat of arms, and a picture of the East Block of the Parliament buildings. Security features visible from the front include a hologram strip along the left side, depicting the number 100 alternated with maple leaves; a watermark of Borden’s portrait; and a broken-up number CAD 100 BILL, which resolves itself when backlit.
The reverse side depicts themes in Canadian exploration, including a map drawn by Samuel de Champlain and a canoe that would be used in his era, as well as a telecommunications antenna, the RADARSAT-1 satellite and a satellite image of Canada; it also has a quotation from Miriam Waddington’s poem “Jacques Cartier in Toronto”.
The older “Birds of Canada” design remained in circulation as of late 2004. It featured, on the front, a portrait of Sir Robert Borden, the coat of arms, and a picture of the Centre Block of Parliament. On the reverse side was a wilderness scene with Canada geese.
It also had a holographic sticker showing the amount in the top left side, which changes from gold to green when tilted. The front had a wavy background of extremely small but still clear numeral CAD 100 BILL.
This “micro-printed” background is very hard to copy. Some of the printing on a 100 is textured so that it is easy to feel, quite different from normal printing.
All CAD 100 BILL banknotes underwent a major redesign in 1986, partially to incorporate some of the latest anti-forgery methods. Notes continue to be improved, with the latest notes made of a plastic material.
Previously, notes were printed on paper composed of pure cotton at two Ottawa companies contracted for the purpose.