Canada's currency caught in maple leaf mixup

One expert says the Bank of Canada put the wrong image on its new bills.

By Kim Peterson Jan 30, 2013 9:46AM
Canada may have put the wrong maple leaf on its new $20, $50 and $100 bills, Reuters reports.

One Canadian botanist is saying that the Bank of Canada chose the image of a Norway maple leaf for its currency, and not the traditional sugar maple. The error was so disturbing to Sean Blaney that he reported it to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
The leaf is actually part of an invasive species, the Norway Maple, that is not native to Canada, The Wall Street Journal reports. But they are common in Canada, and often are mistaken for the true sugar maple.

The Norway maple leaf is more pointed than the sugar maple and has a shorter lobe rising in the center, Reuters reports.Canadian 20-dollar bills (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

It doesn't sound like the bank is backing away from the image anytime soon, however. A spokeswoman told Reuters that the design was created with the help of a dendrologist -- a botanist with a tree-and-shrub focus -- and was intended to incorporate many kinds of leaves into one image.

Those bills have been nothing but headache for the bank since they were introduced. Some residents have reported that the polymer bills were melting together under intense heat. One bank teller even told the Toronto Star that she has heard of cases where the bills melted inside a hot car.

The bills are supposed to be indestructible, but at this point, maybe the Bank of Canada wouldn't mind if they were destroyed.

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Tags: Mistakes
Jan 30, 2013 12:18PM
Well I'm Canadian and we have no complaints about the new currency. This is all media hype over nothing.
Jan 30, 2013 1:21PM
People really give a sh!t about this?
Jan 30, 2013 12:24PM
Can they get more in exchange in Norway now?
Jan 30, 2013 11:36AM
incompetence at its finest. gee, if i claim to be a rocket scientist, can i work at jpl? WHY are these know-nothing shmucks getting paid to make glaring mistakes?
Jan 30, 2013 2:01PM
I like the maple leaf coin. 1 ounce 24K gold.I could care less about paper
Jan 30, 2013 12:57PM
That's not cool, you know.  You'd think we Canucks would know our maple leaves, eh?  Ah, pour me a Blue!
Jan 30, 2013 4:28PM
To the tune of their anthem, more or less.  I apologize if it offends some of Canada's citizens. I have to listen to offensive renditions of our anthem all the time. Can't wait for this year's Super Bowl. "Oy, Canada, what is that tree? Oy, Canada we shed a leaf for thee. Oy, Canada you picked the wrong damn tree!
Jan 30, 2013 1:47PM
that's a new one for me melting bank notes
Jan 30, 2013 1:45PM
A CIBC bank teller told me just yesterday the new bills are jamming their counting machines. Another government screw-up. I'm positive a politicians relative designed it...
Jan 30, 2013 4:28PM
A waitress friend says she has not  had any actual experience with the currency, as Canadians have yet to leave a tip that was not in coins.
Jan 30, 2013 8:08PM
If they don't want them they can mail them to me...
Jan 31, 2013 8:49AM
If it's as worthless as US currency, who cares?
Jan 31, 2013 8:14AM
Its not about the image on the coin, just ask Caesar.
Jan 31, 2013 7:38AM
Jan 30, 2013 5:17PM
Is that now the Toronto Norwegian Maple Leafs?
Jan 31, 2013 9:25AM
I think the new Canadian bills are beautiful. A maple leaf is a maple leaf.
Jan 30, 2013 2:04PM

"Does your canadian money stick to your bed post at nite?"


Looks like the canadian version of Monopoly money, just saying. LOL

Jan 30, 2013 7:28PM
They should have used Canadian bacon for the security symbol. Come to think of it, that'd just be a piece of hamsteak cut in the shape of a circle.  Here is the US if we used bacon on the money it least would look like bacon.  Or maybe they could put Kevin Bacon on the money.
Jan 30, 2013 5:29PM

Just a comment on the melted currency, I am from the USA, but video stated the currency could withstand up to 284 degrees hotter than Canada's hottest days.  But in a locked up cars with windows closed temperatures in the summer time can get hotter than that.  And why would a person leave cash in the car anyway in plain site on the dash of a car.

Jan 30, 2013 12:39PM
The US economy shrank for the past 3 months (during the fall and through the holidays). Obama is doing a "great" job as we are on the Road to Greece -- we may have to start using Canadian money as the U.S. dollar becomes worthless.
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