“New and improved” $5 banknote revealed by the Reserve Bank

Shirley Liu 12 April 2016


The new $5 banknotes are said to help the vision-impaired community to distinguish between different denominations.

The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) today has released images of the "new and improved" $5 banknotes. After extensive consulting, it is designed to include new security and distinctive features, including it's ability to be distinguished against other banknotes.

The innovative features have also been incorporated to avoid counterfeiting in the future. It will be issued into circulation from 1 September 2016.

What's different?

  • A distinctive top to bottom window (similar to Canadian notes)
  • The new series will depict a different specifies of Australian wattle, the Prickly Moses wattle
  • The new series will also include a native bird, the Eastern Spinebill

Eventually, these new features will be rolled out to all banknotes in the new series.

Screenshot 2016-04-12 09.29.59

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*Image source: RBA

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