Leave it to those North of the Border to redefine the term ‘funny money’.
Canada’s new plastic banknotes feature Norway maple leaves, instead of the Canadian sugar maple leaf, according to botanists.
They argue the leaf shown features more sections and has a more pointed outline than the Canadian version.
The maple leaf is featured on the new C$20 (£13), C$50 and C$100 notes, which were introduced in November.
Bank of Canada officials say the image is a “stylised” leaf, created with the help of a botanist.
“I think it’s just an after-the-fact excuse,” said Sean Blaney, senior botanist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, who first brought the image to the attention of the broadcaster CBC.
The Norway maple, however, is a popular tree in central and eastern Canada, after being imported from Europe.
“It has naturalised to Canada,” Mr Blaney said.
So these foliage aren’t illegal then.
The polymer banknotes have also faced criticism for not working in many vending machines.
Now its the real issue. I’d be angry about not being able to buy my soft drink. If I was in Canada, I would be looking to sue someone.
(You can turn off the sarcasm now)