Reserve Bank of Australia issues next generation $5 banknote on Guardian® polymer substrate1 September 2016
Sydney, Australia - The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced the issuing of a new $5 banknote on Guardian®, incorporating a fresh new design with enhanced security features and the world-first clear edge-to-edge window.
First in the “Next Generation” series of banknotes, the new $5 note includes a range of innovative security features designed to keep Australian banknotes secure against counterfeiting into the future. The newly updated features include the world-first clear edge-to-edge window, two tactile dots designed to assist people who are vision-impaired and a number of other dynamic features that change as the banknote is tilted.
All other Australian denominations will be upgraded over the coming years, with each banknote in the series incorporating the same security features. The video below provides insights into the design and production of the new $5 banknote:
The RBA's Assistant Governor (Business Services) Michele Bullock said "We led the world in plastic banknotes. We are now leading the world in the design and technology in the way we've integrated the security features into this banknote."
The issuance of the new note is being supported by an information campaign to ensure that the public is able to identify the new banknote and its security features.
As part of this campaign, a new ‘RBA Banknotes’ mobile app has been developed as an interactive tool to explore all current Australian banknotes, including the new $5 banknote. The app enables users to learn about banknote design and security features, and how to handle counterfeit and damaged banknotes.
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