How to Tell If a Canadian Fifty Dollar Bill Is Fake

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Canadian $50 bills have six security features.
Canadian $50 bills have six security features. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

In 2005 the Canadian government replaced older bills with those containing new high-tech security features. Canadian bills are available in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations. Each have the same four anti-counterfeit features. There are two addition security features that differ from lower to higher denominations. Identifying a counterfeit bill is easy if you know what you are looking for.

Things You'll Need

  • Light source
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
  • UV light

Hold the note face-forward. Tilt it while watching the metallic stripe on the left hand side. Maple leaves will be visible and will change color as you move the bill. The number 50 will be visible between the maple leaves.

Tilt the stripe to see maple leaves and numbers.
Tilt the stripe to see maple leaves and numbers. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Hold the bill up to the light. Look just left of the large number 50 which appears on the far right side. An image of William Lyon McKenzie King will be visible.

Continue to hold the bill up to the light. A vertical line will appear intersecting the large number 50 on the right hand side. The line is visible from both sides of the note and contains the number 50.

Look directly to the left of the large 50. The partial 50 becomes the whole numeral when help up to the light. It is visible on both sides of the bill.

Check larger bills for additional security features. Run your fingers over the large 50. It will feel raised. Put the bill under ultraviolet light. To the right of the metallic stripe the words "Bank Of Canada-Banque Du Canada" will be visible. The number 50 will change from red to yellow.

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