Canadian Botanists: $20 Bill Has Wrong Leaf
They say Bank of Canada used a specimen from Norway
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2013 2:00 PM CST
A portion of the new $20 bill, featuring the controversial leaf, at right.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Canada has spiffy new $20 bills made of polymer instead of paper, but botanists are more focused on a design element: They say the Bank of Canada adorned the bill with a maple leaf from Norway instead of Canada, reports the CBC. "It's a species that's invasive in Eastern Canada and is displacing some of our native species, and it's probably not an appropriate species to be putting on our native currency," says one.

The bank is trying hard to deny, saying the leaf in question is a "stylized blend" of Canadian species. Um, no, says a University of Ottawa professor. "This could not be confused with a native species of Canada." The CBC provides side-by-side images of Norway and Canadian leaves, and it's tough to disagree with the botanists, "stylized blend" or not.

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Jan 19, 2013 11:18 PM CST
can't find anything better to be pissed about in Canada...ey ??
Jan 19, 2013 7:55 AM CST
Yea, so? What’ a pyramid doing on the US dollar?
Jan 19, 2013 12:04 AM CST
The CBC story linked to this article said this: "There are 400 million bank notes already in circulation, including $20, $50 and $100 bills. There are plans to print another 1.2 billion more bank notes, including $5 and $10 bills." Big deal. Just stop printing the 1.2 billion remaining bank notes, recall the ones already printed (assuming would-be collectors are willing to give them up -- if not, just declare them non-legal tender), then fix the design error, and fire up them printing presses again. Western countries are good at printing worthless money anyway.