New Australian $10 note adds tactile features and splashes of yellow

Andrew Cummings
February 17, 2017

Australia, meet your new $10 bank note.

RBA governor Philip Lowe said, "Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint".

The RBA said the new note would feature "new security features" to ensure they are kept safe from counterfeiting, while the raised bumps will also return after debuting on the five dollar note released a year ago.


The new note was revealed by the Reserve Bank on Friday.

The new design updates the previous version which was first released in 1993, and is part of a full redesign of every note the RBA is slowly rolling out.

In line with the new $5 bank note which was launched into circulation September 2016, the new $10 design features tiny bumps indicating its denominational value to the vision-impaired members of our community.


The tactile strip features the bramble wattle (Acacia victoriae) and sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) in place of the $5 note's Moses wattle and eastern spinebill bird.

"Although the new $10 banknotes will be issued in September, it may take some time for them to be widely circulated". Some on Twitter note the images of wattle closely resemble many Australian's worst nightmare come Spring - pollen. Now, it's the $10 note's turn.

Others, meanwhile, believe the new design has smoothed out some of Paterson's features a little too much.


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