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Canada's new $20 bill at centre of maple leaf flap

January 18 2013 at 7:15 PM
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Canada's new $20 bill at centre of maple leaf flap

Botanists say it's a Norway maple, not Canadian maple, though Bank of Canada denies error

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Some botanists are shaking their heads at the new polymer bills because they say the money features a maple leaf from Norway, and not Canada, although that's not how the Bank of Canada sees it.

The Norway maple came to North America in the 18th century, imported by a Philadelphia merchant and peddled as a garden adornment. But lately it has been turning up in all kinds of places, including the official logos of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and the FIFA under-20 World Cup of Soccer.

The Canadian Television Fund and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada have also made maple leaf errors, according to botanists.

Sean Blaney, senior botanist of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, said he never expected to see the Norway maple leaf on a $20 bill.

"It's a species that's invasive in Eastern Canada and is displacing some of our native species, and it's probably not an appropriate species to be putting on our native currency," Blaney told CBC News.

The Bank of Canada, which makes the banknotes, denied the bills include a Norway maple leaf. A spokesperson said the leaf is a stylized blend of different Canadian maple species.

But Blaney argued it looks nothing like any of the 10 maples native to Canada.

"It seems a bit like an after-the-fact explanation to me. The bottom line is that, the image on the bill looks exactly like a Norway maple, however it was derived," he said.

University of Ottawa Prof. Julian Starr, also a research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, specializes in plant identification and classification.

He has been consulted by the Royal Canadian Mint about the botanical accuracy of its coins, but he was not shown this maple leaf.

"This could not be confused with a native species of Canada," said Starr. "It basically looks like a Norway maple."

There are 400 million bank notes already in circulation, including $20, $50 and $100 bills. There are plans to print another 1.2 billion more bank notes, including $5 and $10 bills.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/01/17/ottawa-foreign-maple-leaf-irks-botanists.html?cmp=rss

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January 18 2013, 7:22 PM 

Not really a fan of this new plastic money.. and I heard reports of it melting together in your wallet in hot weather.

Gotta love Rick Mercer.. wink.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w5hyGgf34Jg

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Re: Canada's new $20 bill at centre of maple leaf flap

January 19 2013, 2:14 AM 

Aus has polymer notes for 25 plus years, only bad thing I have to say about polymer notes is, once they get a really hard crease in them it can be hard to straighten out. that is all thankyou.
EDIT:: I have been in 45Celsius and never had a note melt.


    
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Re: Canada's new $20 bill at centre of maple leaf flap

January 19 2013, 2:16 AM 

Any word about them melting together? They have been moving more into circulation lately and people have been complaining about them melting together.. don't know if it's true, if we're using cheaper plastic, or what ever.. Would make for a funny youtube video though...

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