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This article was published 30/4/2013 (1313 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Bank of Canada revealed the final two bills of our new "polymer notes" — or plastic money, to use the plain language they taught us about in journalism school.
The $5 and $10 bills won't be released to the public for spending until November but the designs were unveiled this morning by Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney.
The $100, $50 and $20 bills have already been in circulation for awhile.
The new $5 bill has an endorsement all the way from outer space. Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut now commanding the International Space Station, called in to the press conference, with one of the new $5 bills.
The connection is because the $5 bill features pictures of Canada's contribution to international space technology, namely the Canadarm2 and Dextre, both robotics which help build and maintain the space station.
Sir Wilfred Laurier is still the prime minister on the other side of the bill.
The new $10 note features a train travelling through the Rockies, to represent linking Canada's east and west by rail. Sir John A MacDonald is on the other side, in keeping with the old $10 bills.
Polymer notes have been used in many other countries for years. Including Australia which was the first to kick the paper money habit in 1996. New Zealand, Romania, Brunei and Vietnam are among the other nations which use polymer notes, which are more expensive to produce (19 cents each) but harder to counterfeit and are supposed to last up to 20 years.
More information on the new notes is available at the Bank of Canada website.
But last summer, there was a series of stories of people claiming the new bills were melting. Some complained they were sticking together when left in a hot car, others said they melted when placed on the stove or in a tin can near a baseboard heater.
The Bank of Canada says the notes were heavily tested, and can withstand temperatures up to 140 degrees Celsius. The suggestion the bills melt has been dismissed by many as an urban myth.
The bills aren't indestructable. Even coins will melt if subjected to enough heat, although temperatures would have to be a lot more than that produced by a space heater. It's not really a big problem if bills melt when you place them on a hot stove. Generally one shouldn't have reason to leave one's money on the oven.
This summer will maybe truly prove the point though. The $20 bills were released in November and since most Canadians don't walk around with scores of $50s or $100s in their wallets, the most commonly used note has yet to weather a Canadian summer and all the heat and humidity it can offer in certain places.
That's not to suggest you try leaving your bills in aluminum foil in the direct sunshine to see what happens. But if you accidentally forget your wallet in a hot car this July, let us know if you end up with a pool of melted plastic when you get back.