Retirement Income

Thu, 9 May, 2019Shannen Findlay

Can you spot it? The irresponsible spelling mistake on the new $50 note

Can you spot it? The irresponsible spelling mistake on the new $50 note

The Reserve Bank has been left scrambling to come up with answers after radio staton TripleM posted an image to social media which revealed a very embarrassing blunder.

The photograph shows the RBA’s new and revered $50 note under a magnifying glass, revealing an embarrassing typo in the text.

An excerpt from Edith Cowan’s maiden speech to Western Australian Parliament in 1921 showed an incorrect spelling of the word “responsibility.”

In the phrase “it is a great responsibility to be the only woman here”, the word “responsibility” is misspelt as “responsibilty” a total of THREE times.

The new note, which has been in circulation since last October, is quite similar to the old $50 note, but was made with features to aid visually impaired people to distinguish between different denominations.

A spokesperson for the RBA said they were aware of the blunder.

“The spelling will be corrected at the next print run,” they said.

All the new $50 bank notes with the embarrassing error feature four tactile dots along the long edge of the bill to help blind people or low-vision people.

At the time the note was introduced to the public, treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it had new and extensive security features.

“This latest and important upgrade not only marks a hugely significant step towards equal access to society for people who are blind or have low vision, but also incorporates new, innovative security features that further protect against counterfeiting,” the politician said at the time.

“The application of the tactile features to the $50 note is particularly important given that it’s the most widely circulated banknote, with 46 per cent of all banknotes in circulation being the $50 note.”