Re: A note to Australians... (Score: 1)
posted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 02:06 AM (#41862
I can't believe no-one's pointed this out yet, but the $5 - the regular $5 - has the Queen on one side, and Parliament House on the other. There was a different $5, the one in the comic, printed in 2001, as a commemorative deal. Centenary of Federation, and all that. It was quite a bit brighter than the other notes.
Also, that little 'pow' panel is a security feature that's pretty neat, it's a clear window basically, to make it harder to forge. (That's also what all the 'pretty colours' are for, and my favourite feature - somewhere, a different place on each denomination, if you get a magnifying glass, it says the denomination over and over in very tiny text)
All the 'faces' tend to be of people of note (if you'll pardon the pun) from the Queen, to Banjo Patterson, to Dame Nellie Melba.
My personal favourite is the $50, and not just because it's the largest note the ATMs will spit out. On one side, it has David Unaipon, described as the Australian Leonardo da Vinci. On the other, Edith Cowan, first woman to be elected into the Australian parliament, as well as one of the key campaigners to give Australian women the right to vote. And, finally, the little security window has the southern cross, which, in addition to being on our flag, is one of the very few constellations I can recognise at a glance.
Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banknotes_of_the_Aust ralian_dollar