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Foiling the forgers: Anti-counterfeiting in Canada

Since the introduction of money, anti-counterfeiting technologies have steadily improved ' most significantly over the past few decades.

Over the past decade, the proportion of counterfeit bills in Canada has declined from a peak of 470 counterfeits detected annually for every million notes in circulation, to fewer than 50 counterfeits for every million notes today. This drop demonstrates how well recent advances are working in conjunction with other activities such as raising public awareness and working closely with law-enforcement agencies. end

photo essayView the photo essay for highlights of anti-counterfeiting measures from ancient times to Canada's new polymer banknotes.


ISSN 1927-0275 = Dimensions (Ottawa. Online)