Blind People To Get First Feel Of New $50 Note With 'Raised Bumps'
People who are blind or have low vision will be among the first in Australia to get their hands on the new $50 banknote with four raised dots along the edge.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will share the note, which has an accessible tactile feature, with Vision Australia clients in Melbourne on Monday morning before the cash goes into circulation on October 18.
It follows the release of a new version of the $5 and $10 notes in 2016 and 2017 respectively, both of which include the tactile feature: one dot for the $5 notes, and two dots for the $10 ones.
A new $20 note is expected to be released next year.
It's unclear why the RBA 'skipped' the $20 note and moved straight onto the $50 one, but it comes after a flood of counterfeit $50 notes entered circulation in the last few years.
The $50 note is also the most widely circulated banknote, according to the RBA.
Like the $5 and $10 notes, the new $50 note comes with increased security features, including a black swan that changes colours when you tilt the note, and a second black swan, wattle branch, serial number and year of print that becomes visible under UV light.
The portraits on the note remain the same with Australia's first published Aboriginal author and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament Edith Cowan.
RBA Governor Philip Lowe described Unaipon and Cowan as "campaigners for social change", with their inclusion on the note an "opportunity to tell more of the rich story behind these distinguished Australians".
Existing $50 notes will remain legal tender.
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