Millions of A$50 banknotes in Australia have anembarrassing typographical error that wasoverlooked by the country’s central bank before theywere printed and circulated.
The goof first became known on Thursday when alistener on radio outlet Triple M sent the station amagnified photo of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) new A$50 note highlighting the word “responsibility” misspelt as “responsibilty” three times.
The A$50 currency is the most widely circulated in Australia and accounts for nearly half thetotal value of other banknotes in use, according to the RBA.
But for now, around 46 million of the new notes are in use across the country.
The note came into circulation on Oct. 18, 2018 with new security features designed to detercounterfeiting and with tactile elements for the visually impaired.
But it has no intention of withdrawing or recalling the notes from circulation. The error will becorrected in the next print run, the RBA said.
An RBA spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to Reuters the Bank “is aware of it and thespelling will be corrected at the next print run.”
"This does not affect the legal tender status of the banknotes. We have reviewed ourprocesses to remove the likelihood of such an error occurring in the future," an RBAspokeswoman said.
It sports a head-shot of Edith Cowan, who served as the first woman elected to an Australianlegislature from 1921 to 1924.
“It is a great responsibilty [sic] to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise thenecessity which exists for other women being here,” it says.
The Bank said in its latest annual report its note printing subsidiary delivered 227 millionAustralian banknotes in 2017/18, including around 184 million new series A$50 banknotes.