- TOUCH the large number, the shoulders of the large portrait, and the words ‘Bank of Canada’/’Banque du Canada’ on the front of the bill. You should find they are raised to the touch.
- TILT the top of the bill towards you and you should see sharp colour changes in the metallic building in the large transparent window.
- LOOK at the metallic portrait in the large window – it should match the large portrait on the front of the bill.
- LOOK at the numbers in and around the large window; they should match the value of the note and some will appear in reverse.
- LOOK at the frosted maple leaf window and check for the transparent outline.
- Note: the $20 bill is the most widely used and counterfeited banknote
The Canada 150 commemorative $10 bill has some additional security features:
- Raised ink on the large number, four portraits, the word “Canada”, the vertical landscape panels and the text “Canada 1867-2017.”
- Colour-shifting ink on the checkered pattern in the arch.
- The large window containing metallic symbols and images should be transparent.
- Sharp colour-changes in the metallic elements (coat of arms, Canadian flag, owl).
- The 3-D maple leaves appear to be raised but are actually flat.
The first vertical bill, featuring Viola Desmond, also has additional security features:
- Raised ink on the portrait, the word “Canada”, and the large number at the bottom
- Colour-shifting ink on the eagle feather
- The large maple leaf appears to be raised, but feel it to confirm the surface is actually flat
- The transparent maple leaf is clear and feels slightly raised
- In the large window, look for sharp colour changes in the metallic elements. Turn the note over to see the library ceiling and maple leaves in the same colours on the other side.
- There are three maple leaves above the portrait; the gold to green colour-shift of the eagle can be seen through two and the largest leaf is a clear window
For a complete list of security features for polymer bills and other bank note series, visit the Bank of Canada website. The Bank of Canada also has educational tools available for download.