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Australia’s New $50 Banknotes—46 Million Of Them—Have Been Found To Contain Typo
By Mikelle Leow, 09 May 2019
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When the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) unveiled its redesigned A$50 banknote in October 2018, it ensured that the new look would aid the visually-impaired, deter counterfeiting efforts, and even contain an optical illusion.
What it failed to take into account was the spelling blunder gracing some 46 million banknotes, which went into circulation on 18 October 2018.
While the A$50 bill is the most commonly circulated currency in Australia, the gaffe still flew over people’s heads until nearly seven months later on Thursday, when a listener of radio station Triple M sent in a zoomed-in photo of the new design, which showed the word “responsibility” being misspelt thrice.
Instead of “responsibility,” the text on the bill reads, “responsibilty,” accidentally excluding a letter ‘i’ at the end, according to Reuters.
The error is part of a quote from Edith Cowan, the Australian parliament’s first female member. It reads, “It is a great responsibilty [sic] to be the only woman here and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here.”
A spokeswoman has confirmed that the RBA is aware of the misspelling, and will correct it in the next print run of the banknote. The current ones being circulated can still be used, as the typo “does not affect their validity or functionality.”
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[via Reuters, cover image via Shutterstock]
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