Australia’s brand new $10 bank note is expected to enter circulation today, so don’t be alarmed if you receive a note that looks a little unfamiliar.
The Reserve Bank of Australia revealed the snazzy new design earlier this year.
It’s similar to the new $5 bank note which was unveiled last September, with a top-to-bottom clear window for security and a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired distinguish between different denominations.
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RBA Governor Philip Lowe said the new note pays tribute to two iconic Australian writers.
“The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson,” Governor Lowe said.
“Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint,”
In a statement released on Tuesday, Governor Lowe said he was excited to be launching the notes out into the public from today.
“The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes at the cutting edge in terms of security against counterfeiting.”
“I am pleased that from tomorrow people will start to see the new $10 entering their wallets and pockets, and that it continues the tradition of celebrating two of Australia’s most prominent writers.”
— RBA (@RBAInfo) February 17, 2017
Other questions about the new $10 note: why does it look like a travel brochure for the gold coast from 1993? pic.twitter.com/BDND0kt6ha
— “Yes” Mountain (@therevmountain) February 16, 2017