Reveal the science behind Canadian money using this one weird trick! Bankers hate her… I kid, I kid. But seriously, take a look at the following video, it’s actually pretty neat!
The most recent iteration of Canadian money is made of plastic instead of paper. Being made of plastic allows for some unique anti-counterfeit detection methods.
The coolest by far can be found inside the maple leaf located on the bills. If you take a look at it, it has a frosty appearance. This frosty bit is actually diffraction grating; an optical component with a specific structure that splits and defracts light into several beams that travel in different directions. What this means, is that, when you shine a laser light through the frosted maple leaf on a Canadian bill it will project the denomination of the bill around a central point. It looks really pretty too, kind of like a snow flake!