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  • First hand-struck roman coin.
  • Special banknote which includes intricate detail in Queen Elizabeth II’s face.
  • Banknote including multi-colour tints.
  • Thin-film technology that changed colour when viewed at different angles.
  • Banknote featuring NRC’s thin-film technology.
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  • Second generation of thin-film technology embedded in ID cards and drivers’ licenses.
  • Animated Gif showing a metallic stripe that changed colour on the Canadian banknote series called Canadian Journey.
  • Canada’s newest banknotes features include transparent “windows” with holograms, as well as hidden numbers in the secondary window.
  • Microchip that works with a personal identification number for debit and credit cards.
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  • Canadian Passport.
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Thin-film technology that changed colour when viewed at different angles.

In 1968, the Bank of Canada commissioned the National Research Council of Canada to develop technology to increase security and improve anti-counterfeiting measures. By the 1980s, NRC had developed thin-film technology that changed colour when viewed at different angles. (See "Thin film technology helps foil counterfeiters")

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ISSN 1927-0275 = Dimensions (Ottawa. Online)