Safer cheaper greener Canada releases new 5 and 10 polymer bills

LONGUEUIL, Que. — The last of Canada’s polymer bills have been released by the Bank of Canada.[np_storybar title=”Here’s what Canada’s new $5 and $10 polymer bills look like” link=””%5D [/np_storybar]The $5 and $10 notes were made public at joint news conferences Thursday in Vancouver and Longueuil, Que.The $5 bill symbolizes Canada’s contribution to space exploration, depicting Canadarm 2 and Dextre on the back of the bill.On hand at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil was astronaut Chris Hadfield, who unveiled the bill while on the International Space Station last April.The $10 bill pays tribute to Canada’s railway, featuring the ceremonial last spike of the CP Railway.Polymer versions of the $100, $50 and $20 have already been released.The new notes were introduced into circulation gradually beginning in 2011.The last denominations are being put into circulation beginning Thursday.The bills are touted as “safer, cheaper and greener.”Canada’s central bank says the notes are expected to last between two and three times longer than their predecessors. read more