Australia admits 46 million $50 banknotes contain a typo | World News
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has admitted 46 million banknotes which came into circulation in October contain an embarrassing typographical error.
The $50 note, which features Australia’s first female member of parliament Edith Cowan, has the word “responsibility” misspelt three times on it.
Triple M radio claims it was tipped off to the error by a listener and posted a photograph of one of the notes showing the word with a third “i” omitted on Instagram on Thursday.
An RBA spokesperson told Sky News the bank is “aware of the spelling error and it will be corrected at the next print run”.
The $50 (£26.84) is the most widely circulated banknote in Australia, according to the RBA, accounting for nearly half of the total value of banknotes in use.
It is the denomination primary used in ATMs in the country.
The other side of the $50 note features Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon.
The error appears in an excerpt of Mrs Cowan’s maiden speech to the parliament in Western Australia in 1921, in which she said: “It is a great responsibility to be the only woman here and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here.”
Known colloquially as a pineapple because of its yellow colouring, the $50 note also includes excerpts of Mr Unaipon’s book, Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines, in microprint.
Australia’s polymer banknotes are among the most difficult to counterfeit because of their extraordinary high level of detail.
Despite the typos, the $50 notes will remain legal tender. RBA added: “It does not affect their validity and functionality in any way.”