The Reserve Bank of Australia announced Feb. 11 that the first issue
in that nation’s next generation of bank notes, a new $5 note, will be
released Sept. 1. The announcement was made on the 50th anniversary of
the introduction of decimal currency.
Although the future series will have new security features, tactile
enhancements to aid the visually impaired and, the bank says, “a more
modern feel,” the color, size and people portrayed on each
denomination will stay the same. One feature of the new designs will
be the depiction of a different species of Australian wattle on each
denomination. The $5 note’s golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is
Australia’s floral emblem.
National Wattle Day is Sept. 1, the prospective date of issue. Full
details of the design will be revealed in the middle of the year.
Australia has about 950 native species of wattle, and which of these
will be the other lucky ones, to be depicted on other denominations of
notes, is not yet disclosed.
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