- Canadian hundred-dollar bill
The Canadian $100 bill is one of five different
banknotes of the Canadian dollar. It is the highest-valued and least-circulated of the bills.
The current 100-dollar bill is dominantly brown in colour. The front features a portrait of Sir
Robert Borden, the coat of arms, and a picture of the East Blockof the Parliament buildings. Security features visible from the front include a hologramstrip along the left side, depicting the number "100" alternated with mapleleaves; a watermarkof Borden's portrait; and a broken-up number 100, which resolves itself when backlit. The reverse side depicts themes in Canadian exploration, including a map drawn by Samuel de Champlainand a canoethat would be used in his era, as well as a telecommunications antenna, the RADARSAT-1satellite and a satellite image of Canada; it also has a quotation from Miriam Waddington's poem " Jacques Cartierin Toronto". The reverse also has a visible security feature: an interleaved metallic strip, reading '100 CAN' repeatedly along its length. Yellow dots representing the EURion constellationcan be found on both sides (and on all 2001 series notes). As well as textured printing, this new 2004 design incorporates a special tactile feature similar to Brailledots for the blind indicating the denomination.
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 100s. 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 Canadian banknotes underwent a major redesign in 1986, partially to incorporate some of the latest anti-
forgerymethods. Bills continue to be improved, with the latest design placed into circulation on 17 March, 2004. Notes are printed on paper composed of pure cotton at two Ottawacompanies contracted for the purpose. They are the Canadian Bank Note Company and BA International Inc., a part of the Giesecke & Devrient GmbHgroup of companies.
Each bill in the 1991 series was sprinkled with special green ink dots that glow when exposed to
ultravioletlight. The ink can be scraped off, so worn bills tend to have fewer, if any, glowing dots. These were replaced with more permanent ultraviolet-detected threads in the new bills, as well as an ink imprint of the coat of arms.
Despite these numerous security features, many small and medium sized Canadian retailers continue to implement policies wherein $100 bills are not accepted for use in customer transactions.
As with all modern Canadian banknotes, all text is in both English and French.
* [http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes/index.html Bank of Canada banknote site]
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