BTN video: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4526332.htm
This BTN video was about money and how our $5 bill is getting a makeover. Most people use money every day, but some think we should change the look of these rectangular pieces of plastic we exchange. See, the Reserve Bank of Australia believes that it’s time we change the designs of our money, starting with the $5 note.
Over the years, the rest of the notes will be presented with their new designs. In Australia, our notes are very recognisable for their designs. Starting with the bright colours, and ending with the famous Australians ($10 note is poet Banjo Patterson- Waltzing Matilda, and $20 note is Reverend John Flynn- created the Royal Flying Doctor Service). But from the 1st of September, our five dollar note will start to be replaced with the new one.
There’s a lot of changes in the new $5 bill, but there are still some similarities. The notes colour, size and famous face (Queen Elizabeth II) is going to be the same. But while saying that, a lot of new upgrades are coming as well. The first new upgrade is the window is now placed in the middle of the note, and has 2 new pictures on it (the Eastern Spinebill and the Prickly Moses Wattle).
Also, another upgrade was to up the security. This is because a lot of people want to print their own money, it’s kind of why our notes are made of plastic (1988 they decided to make our notes plastic so it’ll be harder to print real money). And in the old note, that little window has a seven pointed star you can only see when you hold it up to the light (so shopkeepers can tell the difference between a fake and a real note). Also in that little window was some micro printing (their really small words that you need a magnifying glass to read) so people could see whether the script was there or not. But our new note has a better system…
30 years later the $5 bill has seen a security check, and has been improved. Now it has things like in the bigger window, the five changes direction when you tilt it. Also, the eastern spinebill’s wings move when you tilt it to.
Now, to the last final feature that’s been added. For the first time in history of our bill system, the new notes will all have a tactile feature! A tactile helps people who are blind or can’t see really well (vision impaired) know what it is. In this case, this feature will help these people tell the difference between each note! This specific feature had a campaign for it, a boy called Connor created it. Last year he set up an online petition to have this feature on this note, and the RBA agreed!
So, it may be a bit sad that we have to say goodbye to the old $5 note, but this new one seems pretty cool!
I understand how important it is to have these features on the $5 dollar note, without them chaos would happen (fake notes, people not paying the right ones…).
2 questions I have are:
- How were these features thought of (inspired by)?
- What brought attention to this situation?