Reserve Bank of Australia reveals new $10 banknote design
17 February 2017
Sydney, Australia – The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has unveiled the new $10 banknote that will enter circulation from September this year.
It is the second in the next generation of Australian banknotes on Guardian™ polymer substrate that will each feature a different species of native Australian wattle and bird. The $10 banknote features the Bramble Wattle (Acacia victoriae) and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita).
The RBA released images of the new $10 banknote showing the basic design artwork of each side of the banknote. The white areas are clear windows. As previously announced by the RBA, key aspects of the existing design – colour, size and people portrayed – have been retained for ease of recognition and to minimise the disruption to businesses. The new banknote series also has a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired community distinguish between different denominations of banknotes.
RBA Governor Philip Lowe said “The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint.”
Innovative security features have been incorporated in the new $10 banknote to help keep them secure from counterfeiting. These features are similar to those in the $5 banknote issued in 2016, such as the top-to-bottom clear window and the patch with a rolling colour effect.
The Bank has also been working closely with various parties in recent years to ensure that the new banknotes can be used in a broad range of typical day-to-day transactions across the country, including in machines that take or dispense banknotes. Although the new $10 banknotes will be issued in September, it may take some time for them to be widely circulated. The existing series of banknotes can continue to be used as all previously issued banknotes remain legal tender.
Full details of the design and security features on the new $10 banknote are available on the Bank's website at banknotes.rba.gov.au.
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