Tuesday/ Australia’s polymer bank notes

Australia’s currency is the 5th most traded in the world (behind the US dollar, the Euro, the yen and the pound sterling).  My brother brought back some Australian bank notes from his stay there. Hey, what’s that? I want it! I said when he opened his wallet, and promptly traded with him for South African rand.  The surprising thing to me was that all the notes are in polymer, and have been like that for a long time, since about 1992.  There were issues initially with colors fading and ink coming off, but those have all been resolved.  The polymer bank notes last longer (than paper), are much harder to tear, more resistant to folding and soiling and are waterproof (and also washing machine proof).  They are easy to process with teller machines or vending machines, and at the end of their life can be shredded and recycled.  (Not bad. But even with all that, I wonder if Americans will ever bite and take to polymer money.  We still refuse to let go of the paper dollar bill and make it into a coin).

Aus$5 note front
Queen Elizabeth II on the front of the Aus $5 bill. Those are eucalyptus leaves (but where is the koala? I want a koala bear on there!).
Aus$5 note reverse
The building on the back looks like something out of Star Wars, but it is only Parliament House in the capital city of Canberra.
Aus$10 note front
On the Aus $10 note appears Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson (1864-1941) – author, journalist, composer, clerk, poet – who wrote about Australian life.  I love the windmill in the see-through pane in the lower right corner.
Aus$10 note reverse
This is Mary Gilmore (1865 – 1962), a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist.
Aus$50 note front
The  Aus $50 note. From Wikipedia : David Unaipon (born David Ngunaitponi) (1872 – 1967) is a widely known indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. He broke many indigenous Australian stereotypes.


Aus$50 note reverse
Edith Cowan (née Brown) (1861 – 1932) was an Australian politician, social campaigner and the first woman elected to an Australian parliament. The five stars in the pane are the Southern cross, the smallest of the 88 modern constellations, and known to every good boy scout in South Africa and Australia.


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