Man reveals ‘sneak peak’ of new Aussie $20 note – complete with a flying kookaburra that changes colour and a portrait of a horse-stealing convict
- The new twenty dollar note is expected to go into circulation in October
- Note will still feature Mary Reibey and John Flynn with added security features
- Unlike the current version, the new note will have a colour-changing kookaburra
A man has shared a picture of a new $20 note before it goes into circulation in October.
The note still features horse thief Mary Reibey and Reverend John Flynn but has a distinct clear window running down the center.
The new note has a more vibrant colour scheme and even a colour-changing kookaburra that flaps its wings when the note is tilted.
It is not clear how the Reddit user named teen-bean1 got hold of the note which was unveiled by the RBA in February but is not due to be public for five months.
A Reddit user has shared a picture of a new $20 note before it goes into circulation in October
Earlier this month it was revealed the Reserve Bank printed out 400million $50 notes with the word responsibility spelled wrong.
The top comment on the Reddit thread was ‘I hope they ran this one through the spellchecker.’
RBA officials in February revealed the new design that will include advanced security features that will make it nearly impossible to counterfeit.
In a nod to the famous Australians, excerpts of Reverend Flynn’s The Bushman’s Companion and the name of Reiby’s ships will also be printed on the note.
An English convict deported to Australia, Reiby was viewed by her contemporaries as a role model of success and became legendary as a successful businesswoman in the colony.
Flynn was an Australian Presbyterian minister who founded what became the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s first air ambulance.
Other new additions include a box-leaf wattle and three raised bumps as a ‘tactile’ feature to make it easier to identify the note from others.
The release of the new $20 comes a year after a new $50 was rolled out in 2018
RBA first released a modernised $5 in 2016, followed by the $10 in 2017.
A new $100 note is expected to be released next year.
RBA Govenor Philip Lowe said the ‘same innovative security features’ from the previously released notes have been incorporated in the 20 to fight counterfeiting.
Lowe also said the note will continue to ‘celebrate the lives two outstanding Australians.’
‘Their stories are told through the images we have incorporated on the banknote, which provide a rich and diverse narrative about their life in Australia,’ he said.
An embarrassing spelling mistake has been spotted on the new Australian $50 note
For all of the cutting-edge features, one basic design component was overlooked as the word ‘responsibility’ is misspelled as ‘responsibilty’