This is Australia’s new $5 note 20



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Australian money has always been a colourful affair, but the new $5 note takes it to a whole new level.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has released images of the new design in a bid to familiarise people with the note before it hits checkouts and banks around the country in September.

The new-look fiver features shades of pink, purple, yellow and blue as well as the Prickly Moses wattle and native Australian bird, the Eastern Spinebill.

Of course, her majesty Queen Elizabeth II also makes an appearance, looking slightly older than she did when she first appeared on the original note in 1984.

The new fiver is more than just a pretty picture though, it comes with a bunch of new security measures to curb counterfeiting and criminal use.

Australia's new $5 note. Photo: ABC
Australia’s new $5 note. Photo: ABC

“Innovative new security features have been incorporated to help keep Australia’s banknotes secure from counterfeiting into the future,” RBA Governor Glenn Stevens said, reports the ABC.

“As can be seen in the images, these include a distinctive top-to-bottom window.”

It also has a new “tactile” feature to help the vision-impaired community distinguish between different denominations.

The RBA will be rolling out all over the new-look notes in the coming months, so there’s plenty more to look out for.

Parliament house is shown on the note, along with native flowers and birds. Photo: ABC
Parliament house is shown on the note, along with native flowers and birds. Photo: ABC

People will still be able to use the current $5 note after the new set is released.

You might want to hold onto a few though, who knows how much they could be worth in the future!

Do you like the new $5 note? Have you ever found a rare old coin or collectable?

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  1. Certainly not a pretty designed note. Very mixed up & really doesn’t look right.

  2. I do not like it at all. Love the concept of what they are trying to achieve with the new design but the actual design is clumsy. I wouldn’t be too enthusiastic to show my international friends that’s for sure.

  3. Why is the photo of the Queen so prominent? While I understand our requirements to have the monarch on our official currency, surely we could have made the photo much smaller and give the other elements of the design a better proportion. Also, those yellow blobs called wattle are so not nice to the eye.

  4. much more colourful. Don’t wont to see notes drab like the USA.

  5. I thought we are Australia, why do we still need a photo of the queen on our currency?

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    • Because we are still a commonwealth, and it seems you are obviously not a fan of the royal family

  6. It’s a very busy little thing for a $5 note, hope we get used to it.

  7. Like having Queen on on the note , it’s our history .

  8. At least the republicans didn’t get their wish of having the face of the monarch removed form the last bank note denomination. The Queen has disappeared from all the others.

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