One of the interesting things about living near a border is the way that people deal with currency. Virtually every major store in Essex County has a currency exchange rate posted so that people making purchases using US currency know how much it is in Canadian money. It’s not quite the same on the other side of the border. I recall once being in Lapeer, forgetting where I was, and pulled out a five dollar bill to pay for something. If you’re not familiar with it, my American friends, the Canadian five dollar bill is blue in colour. I still remember the clerk saying “What is this $hit?” Even though the exchange rate had tipped the scale and that five dollars Canadian was actually worth more than five dollars American, he wouldn’t have any part of it.
Canadian Currency is interesting. I learned a great deal about it when I embarked on a personal mission for OSAPAC putting together the Canadian Currency Collection when we licensed SMART Ideas as a graphic organizer. This allowed teachers to use Canadian Currency with students in place of the stock American money. It was only then that I learned that our money is actually made in two places. Paper money is manufactured by the Bank of Canada and the coins by the Royal Canadian Mint. On behalf of OSAPAC, I contacted both to get clearance to distribute the images of the currency.
Just announced is a new form of our “paper” money. It’s gone high tech and will no longer be made of paper. It’s now going to be made of a high tech polymer. Details are outlined in the following video recently made available.
How cool is that? This will really mess up my friend in Lapeer! It may be a while before I get my hands on a new bill. They’re rolling out the $100 bills first. I can’t recall the last time that I had one of those. They probably won’t be accepted across the border anyway. Thankfully, my wallet still has the divider so that I can put Canadian currency in one part and American currency in the other part.