SIX THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM… Aus­tralia’s new $5 note

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - News - BY MEG MASON


Pub­lic re­ac­tion to the in­no­va­tive, forge-proof new note was mixed. Com­par­isons were made to “play money”, “vomit” and “a mid-’80s pri­mary-school mu­ral”.


NSW teenager Con­nor Mcleod launched a pe­ti­tion that led to the in­clu­sion of tac­tile mark­ings for the vi­sion im­paired.


The Queen still fea­tures, but like nearly ev­ery­one’s Face­book pro­file shot. looks ex­actly half her age.


The 165 mil­lion old-style notes still in cir­cu­la­tion re­main le­gal ten­der, as do the pa­per fivers phased out in 1992. But the home­made “break­fast in bed” vouch­ers widely is­sued on Mother’s Day are still worth­less.


The note took a decade to de­sign, and will be fol­lowed by a new ten­ner next year.


One can be yours, for as lit­tle as $5.

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