Vimy Memorial honoured on new $20-bill
You'll start to see them pop out of ATMs starting today---new plastic $20 bills.
Like the newer $50 & $100 bills, they're made of polymer to make them more durable & they're loaded with security features to scare off counterfeiters.
Manuel Perreira with the Bank of Canada says they're the first bills of their kind in the world.
The $20 features 2 portraits of Queen Elizabeth, 1 is a hologram inside a see-through window. There's also a metallic 3D image of the Peace Tower & a hidden 20 inside a maple leaf that can only be seen when the bill is held up to a light.
Perreira says these tougher new bills should last 2.5 times as long as the old paper bills.
The $20 in particular marries innovation & history. The new bank note pays tribute to the Battle of Vimy Ridge with an image of its twin-spired memorial on the back along with 2 clusters of poppies.
Veteran Jim Eddy's eyes began to well up at the mere mention of Vimy. Through tears, he calls it a terrific place & memorial to Canadians "who lost their lives and did a wonderful thing".
He struggled for words to describe standing in the monument's shadow, but says not enough Canadians know about the Vimy Memorial or its namesake battle in April of 1917. Eddy hopes having its image on the back of Canada's most widely-circulated bill might change that.
Some focus groups who saw the memorial in the $20 dollar bill's development took it for New York's World Trade Centre.
Polymer versions of the $10 & $5 bill will be ready by the end of 2013.