The Reserve Bank of Australia launched the redesign of the new $100 dollar banknote today.
According to the Next Generation Banknote Programme, the $100 note is the final one to be redesigned.
“Australians should feel proud of our banknotes. They are innovative and contain world-leading security features that keep the banknotes secure,” Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe said.
9NEWS reports that the new note has better security features and will also contain a new feature that will help people who are blind or have poor vision. There are five raised bumps on each of the long edges of the banknote.
The famous faces on the banknote will remain the same:
On the frontside it depicts arts figure Dame Nellie Melba, an internationally renowned soprano who performed in Australia, Europe and the US in the 19th and early 20th century.
And on the backside is military figure, engineer and civic leader Sir John Monash, commander of the Australian imperial force during World War I.
In addition, new images of fauna are also displayed on the new banknote:
- the Australian masked owl (Tyto novaehollandiae)
- the national floral emblem of Australia, the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha).
The edges of the top to bottom window on the banknote are framed by the acacia and contains a number of security features, such as a flying owl, and a reversing number 100.
The new note will be put into circulation in the second half of this year.
Current $100 bills will still be accepted after the new note is released.