Funny money: millions of Australian $50 notes printed with an embarrassing typo

9 May 2019

Millions of $50 Australian dollars have gone into circulation with an embarrassing typo on them.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has spelled "responsibilty" instead of “responsibility” on around 46 million of its new $50 notes.

The RBA was alerted to the error on Thursday when a listener of radio station Triple M sent in a magnified photo.

The note went into circulation in October last year with a number of new features on it designed to improve security as well as tactile elements to help the visually impaired.

The note features Australian writer and inventor David Unaipon on one side and politician Edith Cowan on the other.

Cowan was Australia’s first female member of parliament, serving from 1921 to 1924.

The typo appears on Cowan’s side in the text of her first speech to parliament which she gave in 1921.

It reads: “It is a great responsibilty (sic) to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here.”

The RBA does not plan to pull the note from circulation and says the spelling will be corrected in the next print run.

The $50 note is the most widely circulated in Australia, according to the RBA.

Australia was the first country to use polymer banknotes, which were introduced in 1988.


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Seems the RBA is not the only one, Stephen. See your penultimate sentence!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Even the writer of this article makes mistakes. "The $50 not is the most widely circulated in Australia, according to the RBA". What's a $50 not?

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