Scratch and sniff cash? Canadians ask Bank of Canada about maple syrup smell on new bank notes
The penny may be history, but some Canadians suspect the Bank of Canada has been circulating a new scent along with its plastic bank notes.
Dozens of people who contacted the bank in the months after the polymer notes first appeared asked about a secret scratch-and-sniff patch that apparently smells like maple syrup.
“I would like to know … once and for all if these bills are in fact scented, as I do detect a hint of maple when smelling the bill,” says a typical email from a perplexed citizen.
Said another: “They all have a scent which I’d say smells like maple? Please advise if this is normal?” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)