Currency

Canada Introduces New $5 and $10 Bills

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Chris Hadfield phoned home to help unveil Canada's new plastic money.

The Canadian astronaut commanding the International Space Station made a cameo via satellite Tuesday as outgoing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced the latest in polymer currency.

The guest appearance of Hadfield — the popular space man who tweets photos, strums his guitar and does science experiments while floating hundreds of kilometres above the Earth's surface — was perhaps no great surprise given the $5 bill's space motif and some telegraphing on Flaherty's part.

(Hat tip to Reason commenter Archduke Pantsfan)