How to spot counterfeit bills

Canada's new polymer bank notes boast "leading-edge" security features, yet the RCMP has picked up 59 counterfeit versions. Protect yourself by checking your own cash.

If after checking the other features, you're still unsure that a polymer note is genuine, try spotting the numbers hidden inside the translucent maple leaf.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

1. Raised ink

Feel the raised ink on the large number, the shoulders of the large portrait and the words “Bank of Canada” and “Banque du Canada.”

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

2. Large window

Look for transparency through the large window containing a metallic portrait and building.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

3. Metallic portrait

Look at the details in the metallic portrait in the large window. It matches the large portrait.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

4. Metallic building

Look at the details in the metallic building in the large window. Tilt the note to see sharp colour changes in the building.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

5. Small numbers

Look at the numbers in and around the large window that match the value of the note. Some of the numbers appear in reverse.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

6. Transparent text

Look at the word “Canada.” It is transparent and feels slightly raised.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

7. Maple leaf border

Look at the maple leaves that border the large window. Some of the leaves cross into the window.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

8. Frosted maple leaf window Look at the frosted maple leaf window to see that it has a transparent outline.

How to detect counterfeit Canadian bills

9. Hidden numbers The hidden numbers are an additional security feature that you can use after checking the other features if you're still unsure that a polymer note is genuine.