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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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Microchip that works with a personal identification number for debit and credit cards.

Today, debit and credit cards also use anti-counterfeiting technology. The addition of a microchip that works with a personal identification number (PIN) instead of a signature means the traditional swiping of a card and signing of a receipt is no longer necessary. The microchip securely stores information such as the cardholder’s account number. The goal is to help cut down on counterfeit and lost/stolen card fraud, since the chip is very difficult to duplicate.

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ISSN 1927-0275 = Dimensions (Ottawa. Online)