Eagle-eyed Aussie spots $2.3b spelling mistake on new $50 note

THE Reserve Bank of Australia has been left red-faced after it was revealed 46 million newly-designed $50 notes currently in circulation contained a spelling error.

In near-microscopic reverse text detailing the inaugural parliamentary speech of Australia’s first female MP, Edith Cowan, the word “responsibility” has been printed without the third ‘i’, leaving “responsibilty“.

The RBA admitted on Thursday that the spelling mistake was printed repeatedly on each note before they entered circulation in October last year.


The typo appears three times in the text just above Edith Cowan’s shoulder on the note.

An eagle-eyed currency buff spotted the misprint and called Sydney’s Triple M radio station to expose it.

Forty-six million new $50 notes have been printed so far at a cost of $2.3 billion.

The RBA on Thursday said the typo would be corrected on future notes.