Canada’s new $50 and $100 bills are made from an “indestructible polymer” that is being destroyed by high heats. The polymer was supposed to be tested in temperatures ranging from 140°C and extreme cold of -75°C and the Bank of Canada said those temperatures were successful protected against.
After some citizens noticed that the bills were “curling up like bacon in a frying pan” the Bank of Canada’s spokesperson Julie Girard told the Star:
“The Bank of Canada cannot rule out that polymer notes may be damaged under certain extraordinary conditions.”
The damage typically occurs when $50 and $100 bills are left inside of vehicles on extremely hot days.
The bills were introduced in November which means this years Spring and Summer months were the first time users had the chance to test out the bills in real world experiences.
In at least several cases the indestructible bills melted together inside of vehicles.
This isn’t the first time melting bills have been reported, a man in January told the Cambridge Times that he placed eight $100 bills in a tin box near a heater and they shrivelled up.
At this point the Bank of Canada is not commenting on how the bills could be so easily destroyed after they allegedly went through such vigorous testing.
The new polymer bills cost 19 cents to produce, almost twice as much as paper bills, however they are also supposed to last 19 years or 250 percent longer than paper bills.
Now only are the bills suppose to be “indestructible” they are also much harder to counterfeit.