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More plastic for your wallet: A look at Canada's new polymer bills

Zoom in on these photos for a closer look at the country's new currency

Last Updated: Nov. 7, 2013

The designs for the new $5 and $10 polymer bills were unveiled months ago but the Bank of Canada has now released the polymer bills into circulation. The notes are expected to last 2.5 times longer than paper ones and are harder to counterfeit.

Each bill also represents a different part of Canadian history. The $5 bill symbolizes Canada's contribution to space exploration, depicting Canadarm 2 and Dextre on the back of the bill. The $10 bill pays tribute to Canada's railway, featuring the ceremonial last spike of the CP Railway.

Select the front or back of each banknote using the tabs below then hover over the image to zoom in and explore its details.

Source: Bank of Canada

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