Typo discovered on recently released Australian $50 notes

As you’ve read in our recent three-part series highlighting Canada’s recently released $10 note featuring Viola Desmond (“Canada’s new $10 note wins 2018 Bank Note of the Year,” Vol. 57, #4), banknote-issuing entities perform extensive research and testing any time a new bill is proposed.

Sometimes, things still slip by—like with Australia’s new $50 note, which contains an unfortunate typo.

Unfortunately for officials with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), the word “RESPONSIBILTY” is missing an “I,” which was first discovered and shared on Instagram by the country’s Triple M radio station on May 9. The typo, which requires a loupe to see, is in microprint beside the portrait of Edith Cowan, the first female member of an Australian parliament.

The $50 banknote entered circulation last October and it’s estimated 46 million notes are already in circulation.

Billed as an innovative, next-generation banknote with added security, the Aussies’ new $50 note entered circulation last October; about 400 million notes, 46 of which are in circulation, were printed.

In a recent statement, RBA officials said the bank became aware of the typo last December, adding it would be corrected for the next print run this year.

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