The Australia’s 46 million times Banknote Error

The Australia’s 46 million times Banknote Error

It is really hard – typos mess people up. There are red faces after $2.3 billion worth of currency has a misprint of the word “responsibility” in the banknote’s ‘micro-text. Australian treasury people will never forget the spelling of responsibility again: the Australian $50 note, printed 46 million times, used “responsibilty’ [sic].

46 million of Australia’s new $50 notes have been printed with a typo, the Reserve Bank has confirmed.

The “new and improved” $50 banknote was rolled out in October last year, with a host of new technologies designed to improve accessibility and prevent counterfeiting.

But the yellow note also contains a typo that misspells the word “responsibility”.


The small error occurred on Cowan’s side, in the text of her speech.

“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,” it says.

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