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New Canadian Money Features Topless Women

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After phasing out the penny and introducing a glow in the dark 25¢ coin, Canada is making more currency news with a redesigned $20 bill. According to the Daily Mail, the bill’s design is stirring up some controversy north of the border.

The inclusion of three bare-chested ladies on the bill, not far from the face of Queen Elizabeth II, has earned the release a few second glances.

No, this is not a salute to Canada’s treasured erotic dancers. The currency depicts the Vimy Memorial in France, which honors thousands of Canadians who sacrificed their lives in a battle that helped turn the tide of the First World War.

The design has been five years in the making and features the memorial’s depiction of a group of women known as the Chorus.

Focus groups were tasked with reviewing the bill before its release. “It’s too pornographic. What is the woman on the top holding?” one group member asked of a suspiciously phallic torch.

A number of participants were unfamiliar with the historic skirmish, and many believed the illustrated depiction too closely resembled the World Trade Center.

One participant expressed her concern: “I wonder if the monument here could conjure up memories of 9/11 or the Twin Towers?”

The new $20 bill will enter circulation in November, and is part of the Bank of Canada’s switch to plastic money, which began last year. The bills consist of a single piece of high-tech polymer, and have unique “see-through windows” that provide an extra level of security. When compared to U.S. bills, which are 75% cotton and 25% linen, the Canadian moolah is very futuristic.

The new technology makes the bill vastly more difficult to reproduce. However, it's required a considerable amount of time for Canadian banks like Royal Bank of Canada (RY),  TD Bank (TD), and Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) to update their ATMs and processing machines to accomodate the new money.

Counterfeiting continues to be a problem here in the United States. Yesterday, federal law enforcement agreed to join a local task force in Haverhill, New Hampshire, where fake-bills continue to be exchanged. In Idaho, police have recently reported several instances of counterfeiting. And in Benton, Arkansas, law enforcement charged three people in an ersatz bill printing scheme.

The Bank of Canada hopes to avoid problems like these when their new twenty is released in November.
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