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New Canada Bank Note smells like Maple Syrup



New Canada Bank Note smells like Maple Syrup

New Canada Bank Note smells like Maple Syrup

$100 Canadian Bills Maple Syrup Scented Say Critics

The new $100 paper bills released by the National Treasury of Canada recently have the unmistakable scent of maple syrup say many citizens who have contacted Treasury officials to find out if this was done on purpose.

The new bank notes are made out of a plastic material, but Treasury officials are plainly denying that any particular scent, much less that of maple syrup, has been added to the plastic to give the $100 bills a slightly sweet aroma. Some citizens went so far as to complain that the maple syrup aroma they first encountered when receiving the new bills had disappeared and they expressed concern that they were now holding onto money that was somehow defective.


E-mail complaints and questions about the allegedly maple syrup smelling $100 notes continue to pour into the Treasury office, even though officials continue to deny that they were produced using any particular scent.

“I would like to know . . . once and for all if these bills are in fact scented, as I do detect a hint of maple when smelling the bill,” said a typical email from a perplexed citizen.
Said another: “They all have a scent which I’d say smells like maple? Please advise if this is normal?”

The aroma of the bills, however, isn’t the only thing being criticized about the new C-notes. Many horticultural experts contend that the maple leaf used as artwork on the new $100 bills represents a Norway maple rather than a true Canadian maple leaf, but banking officials have denied that claim as well.


  • The new bills generally exclude images of women, whereas the old bills celebrated women’s-rights pioneers and others.
  • The notes stick to one another, making them hard to count. The bank said that’s normal for all brand-new bills and will disappear as the currency gets handled.
  • The stylized maple leaf on the currency represents a Norway Maple, a foreign invasive species. The bank categorically rejects that claim.
  • The bills are prone to melting when exposed to high heat, such as in a clothes dryer. The bank said its extensive, rigorous testing disproves that.

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