Say G’Day To Australia’s New $10 Bank Note

Last year, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) released a redesigned $5 banknote with new security features to prevent counterfitting and a controversial “tactile strip” depicting a bird and wattle plant. Now, it’s the $10 note’s turn.

From September 1 2017, the above bank note will begin to enter circulation in small numbers. The note still depicts portraits of Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson — however, the design has been updated with a colourful new “tactile strip” to aid the vision-impaired. There are also images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint.

The tactile strip features the bramble wattle (Acacia victoriae) and sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) in place of the $5 note’s Moses wattle and eastern spinebill bird. Here’s a look at the both sides of the new banknote:

With the exception of the tactile strip and security features, the new note is much the same as the old one, with a largely unchanged colour scheme, materials and dimensions. According to the RBA, it will take some time for the new bank notes to be widely circulated. Naturally, you’ll still be able to use old $10 bank notes for many years to come.

In 2016, the $5 note’s redesign was met with almost universal derision and sparked a raft of online memes. It will be interesting to see how the new $10 note will be received. We’re willing to bet that hardly anyone will care this time around. To quote Calvin & Hobbes, this goes to prove something, although we’re not entirely sure what.

What do you think of the new $10 banknote design? Let us know in the comments.

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