OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is set to unveil its latest plastic bank notes this week — but documents show some people found one of the new bills too cartoonish and the other too old-fashioned.
Focus groups consulted about the proposed images for the new bank note series thought the space motif of the new five-dollar bill looked childish.
Others were left scratching their heads over the depiction of Dextre, a Canadian robotic handyman on board the International Space Station.
Some people wrongly assumed Dextre was the name of an astronaut shown on the bill, while others had no clue who the name referred to.
But if some people were stumped by the space-age technology on the five-dollar bill, others complained the train on the new 10s looked too quaint.
The report says the train illustrates a mode of travel that many now find outdated or cost prohibitive.
The train also struck a nerve with focus groups in Atlantic Canada, where many rail lines have been decommissioned.
The new five- and 10-dollar bills are scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday and will go into circulation later this year.
(The Canadian Press)