Know Your Canadian Bank Notes


  • Feel the raised ink. Feel the smooth, unique texture of the note. It’s made from a single piece of polymer.
  • Look for transparency through the large window and the outline of the frosted maple leaf window.
  • Look at the details in the metallic portrait and building. Flip to see the metallic images on the other side.
  • Look at the small numbers in the large window that match the note’s value. Look at the word “Canada” that is transparent and feels slightly raised.

REMEMBER: All five denominations in the Polymer series have the same security features.

Hold the note up to the light and look through it. The following features are visible from both sides:

  • a small, ghost-like image of the portrait appears
  • irregular marks form a complete number (like a puzzle)
  • dashes (on the back of the note) form a solid line
  • Feel the raised ink.
  • Tilt the note: see numbers and maple leaves in the metallic stripe change colour.

REMEMBER: All five denominations in the Canadian Journey series have the same security features.

  • Feel the raised ink.
  • Tilt the note: three maple leaves shift from pale to shiny gold.
  • Slightly tilt the note at eye level. The hidden number 5 or 10 appears.
  • Look at the note under ultraviolet (UV) light. The coat of arms, the words FIVE • CINQ (or DIX • TEN) and BANK OF CANADA – BANQUE DU CANADA glow in blue over the portrait. Tip: Don’t rely solely on the UV feature.

  • Feel the raised ink.
  • Tilt the note. The metallic patch changes from gold to green. Feel the patch. There are no detectable raised edges and it cannot be peeled off. Note: the $2, $5 and $10 notes of this series do not have a metallic patch.
  • Look at the small green dots that appear at random on both sides of the note.

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