Australia Prints Embarrassing Typo On 46 Million $50 Banknotes

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Australia has become mired in a currency crisis of its own making.

The RBA confirmed Thursday that 46 million new A$50 bank notes have been printed with an embarrassing typo. The “new and improved” notes, which incorporated new technologies to prevent counterfeiting, were rolled out in October.

But the notes also include an unanticipated defect: The word “responsibility” is misspelled in the yellow note’s “micro-text.” The copy editors apparently missed the fact that the second “i” was missing.


The note features the indigenous writer and inventor David Unaipon on one side, and Edith Cowan, the country’s first female member of Parliament, on the other.

The error occurred on Cowan’s side, which included an excerpt from one of her most famous speeches (sexist).

“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,” the note reads.

A spokeswoman for the RBA has confirmed that the central bank is “aware” of the error, and that it would be corrected in the next run, which means these notes will almost certainly become collector’s items some day.

So “no ragrets,” right?


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