The new $10 bill, and how to tell it's not fake

A Bank of Canada representative was on P.E.I. last week to talk to law enforcement officials about counterfeit money.

The bank is releasing a commemorative $10 bill to mark Canada's 150th birthday.

Monique LeBlanc, director for currency for the Atlantic region, visited with cadets at the Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside to teach them how to spot fake banknotes.

LeBlanc also met with law enforcement officials in Summerside to update them on the security features of the new bill.

The coat of arms is different on the new note and there's a little Canadian flag at the bottom. There are also three, three-dimensional maple leaves that appear to be raised, but they're actually flat when you touch them, she said.

40 million bills being put out

Forty million new $10 bills will be put into circulation June 1.

There are new images on both sides of the commemorative note.

Agnes Macphail, Canada's first female MP, and James Gladstone, the first senator from a treaty First Nation, are featured alongside Fathers of Confederation Sir John A. MacDonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier.

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