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AUSTRALIA: New $50 Note Contain Irresponsible Typo

By Published May 09, 2019

Eight months after it was first printed and 46 million prints after, the new polymer Australian fifty-dollar bill have just been found to contain a spelling error.

An Australian radio station posted a photo on social media Thursday showing the 50 Australian dollar bill with the word "responsibility" missing its last "i" in the three times it appears on the note.

The Reserve Bank of Australia says it is taking responsibility for the microscopic typo on the 46 million bank notes which it says will now be withdrawn from circulation and the spelling error will be corrected in the new print run.

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. It features writer and inventor David Unaipon on one side, and Edith Cowan, the first Australian woman elected to parliament. The misspelling occurs in a printed excerpt of her first speech to the Western Australia state Parliament in 1921.

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

"The process of designing and printing a banknote is complex and iterative," a bank spokesperson told local media. "We have strict quality assurance processes, but like any manufacturing process, errors can occur. We have reviewed our processes to remove the likelihood of such an error occurring in the future."

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