Say G'Day To Australia's New $50 Banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is in the process of redesigning the country's banknotes with an emphasis on new security features. Following in the footsteps of the $5 and $10 notes, we now have a new $50 version - and we're beginning to come around to the updates.

From October 1 2018, the new $50 bank note will begin to enter circulation in small numbers. The note still depicts portraits of David Unaipon, the Aboriginal writer and inventor, and Edith Cowan, Australia's first female MP. It's also identical in size to the old note (65mm by 151mm), retains the familiar colour scheme and is made from the same materials. So what's new?

As with the previous updates, the new $50 note has been given a colourful "tactile strip" to aid the vision-impaired. There's also a black swan and wattle in fluorescent ink that become visible under UV light. If you've got a microscope handy, you can now find microprinted text at multiple locations on the banknote, including excerpts from David Unaipon's Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines.

Here are both sides of the new banknote:

We've got to say, we're quite liking these new-look banknotes which are among the most technologically sophisticated in the world. Despite most people hating the $5 note back in 2016, we think we prefer the new design over the old. They're really growing on us.

What do you think of the new Australian banknotes? Let fly in the comments!

How David Unaipon (Almost) Changed Our Nation

David Unaipon has been pictured on the front of Australia's $50 note since 1995. A hugely intelligent man who nonetheless left school at 13, he lodged 19 patents during his life, revolutionised sheep shearing, devoted much of his time to attempting to achieve perpetual motion, wrote prolifically, and conceptualised the helicopter two decades before it became a reality. This is his story.

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[Via RBA]


    It looks like a Year 9 art student's drawing of a $50 bank note

    I like it!

    Plus these notes always look better in person since the clear panels are hard to properly represent in an image.

      Totally agree. I was one of the people who hated the new $5 note when I saw the pictures of it, but as soon as I saw it in person I really liked it.

    I'm liking the new bank notes, but why skip the $20? We have $5 and $10 and now $50.

      Volumes I'd imagine - start with the least used bill (except the $100 which I assume they will scrap soon like other high denomination bills around the world) and move up to the most used.

    Can't they make Edith look a bit happier? She looks annoyed.

      Because she's not on the green note.

      Probably because everyone keeps calling her university "supertafe"

    Are they going to skip the $20? Why can't they just release all these new notes in one year rather then over what has now been three years?

      Possibly because the $50 is more a frequent target for counterfeiters.

        So much so there have been recommendations to drop the $50 and the $100. Those that want to carry fat stacks of cash should stock up now

    I never see a $100.00 note except on TV with the cops guarding a table full of them.Seems the drug smugglers have most of them

      Lots of pupils at my senior school used to use fifties, less often hundreds but still fairly frequently. I've got a few 100s sitting on my desk right now, from my pay.

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