Canada reveals new $5 and $10 bills

Canada new $5 bill front

Canada's new $5 bill (front) with portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister, 1896 to 1911










The Bank of Canada revealed its newest $5 and $10 notes today.

The fresh bills are the latest and final in the series of redesigned currency made out of polymer.

Mark Carney, governor of the bank, said the newfangled notes were harder to counterfeit, because of the security features, such as holographic images, transparent strip and other elements. They are also cheaper, because the polymer material lasts at least 2.5 times longer than paper-based notes. Additionally, they are greener since longer-lasting notes means fewer notes need to be transported over the long term.

The $5 bill illustrates the country's participation in the international space program with an image of the Canadarm2, the robot Dextre and their mobile base.

The $10 bill depicts the Canadian train and the joining of the vast country from east to west by rail.

The new bank notes will start circulating in November.

Images: Bank of Canada via Flickr

Canada new $10 bill back

Canada's new $10 bill (back)

Canada new $10 bill front

Canada's new $10 bill (front) with portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald, Prime Minister, 1867–1873 and 1878–1891