Australian Bank Prints Mistake On $50 Note 46 Million Times

Australia's top bank has taken responsibility after a typo was spotted on the $50 note.

Last year the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) rolled out its new note which included a range of new tech to help prevent counterfeiting and improve accessibility.

However, photos of the note were shared online, showing that the word 'responsibility' had been misspelled. According to reports, 46 million notes were put into circulation at the time, meaning around AUD $2.3 billion (£1.2bn / US $1.6bn) worth of currency has a misprint.

The new note includes Indigenous writer David Unaipon on one side, and Edith Cowan, Australia's first female parliamentarian, on the other - both of whom have featured for the past 23 years.

However, on Cowan's side of the note is printed one of her most famous quotes - and in the middle of the text, it reads: "It is a great responsibilty [sic] to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here." The text is repeated several times in microscopic print.

The typo was copied several times on the banknote. Credit: PA
The typo was copied several times on the banknote. Credit: PA

The error was only spotted by the bank this week - almost seven months after the $50 came into circulation - when a listener to Australian radio station Triple M sent in a magnified photo.

A spokesperson for the RBA said the bank "is aware of it and the spelling will be corrected at the next print run."

But the RBA isn't the only national body to have been caught out recently.

Earlier this month a text was leaked by a disgruntled customer after Australia Post failed to deliver their package.

The message asked them whether they wanted the delivery driver to drop off the package at home or to the nearest Post Office. However, he time stamp shows they replied within one minute asking for it to be taken to their place.

The error occurred on the new $50 note, printed in October last year. Credit: Reserve Bank of Australia
The error occurred on the new $50 note, printed in October last year. Credit: Reserve Bank of Australia

It said: "Sorry, your reply received too late. The driver has already been to your home."

The post has gone viral on Reddit, with many people sharing similar stories.

"This happened to me. Except I was home and waiting by the door all morning. Actually this has happened multiple times to me. Then you watch the ads about Australia Post caring," wrote one person.

A second added: "The best had to be when I was coming home. I saw the guy drive up to my drive way, sit in his car, and then put the slip in the mailbox. He sheepishly told me that he couldn't do anything because he already marked it as couldn't be delivered. Forcing him to stick around and calling up AusPost a few minutes later, I had my parcel."

Get it together, guys.

Featured Image Credit: Auburn Alumni Association (Creative Commons)

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

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