Easy Counterfeit Currency Detection (Canadian dollars)

By: Priscilla - April 10th 2013

Do you know how to detect counterfeitRecognize Fake Canadian Bills Canadian bills?

Here’s an easy video to teach you how!

How to Check Notes


Feel. Look. Flip.

The new $100, $50 and $20 polymer notes are easy to check and hard to counterfeit. They have the same innovative security features that can be seen in transparent areas on both sides of the notes.


  • 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.”


  • 2. Large window

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

  • 3. Metallic portrait

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 6. Transparent text

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

  • 7. Maple leaf border

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

  • 8. Frosted maple leaf window

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


Flip the note to see the features in the large window repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side.

Added Security

  • 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.

The numbers can only be seen by using a small light like an incandescent bulb or a pot light. WARNING: No light source should be pointed directly at your eye at close range.  Dangerous sources of light, such as the sun, laser lights and many LEDs, should never be used to view the feature.

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