Monday, January 22, 2018

Our New Bank Notes

$5 is our smallest note, then $10, $20, $50, $100. Eventually the $20 and $50 will be replaced and it is rumoured that the $100 will be scrapped as it is mainly used by criminals who have to hoard cash. $100 notes are released and just disappear.  I think a few years ago I was given a $100 note as payment for something and I quickly got rid of it. I really like our new notes. Each note as it increases in value is slightly wider, a few millimetres or say 1/8th of an inch. The height does not change.

The old note followed by its replacement, both sides.

I think the old picture of Queen Liz is quite awful. The new picture looks more like her.


The features on the clear part of the note only light up at certain angles. The notes would be very hard to counterfeit.


Federal Parliament House in our Federal capital city of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.



Some old duck.


And a nicer picture of said old duck.


Some old bloke.


A nicer picture of some old bloke.



Ok, that was appalling of me.

The old duck is Dame Mary Gilmore, a leftie rabble rouser, author, poet, media presenter and has so many other achievements. In spite of her anti establishment views, she was knighted for services to literature. 

The old bloke is Aussie poet Andrew Barton Paterson, aka Banjo Paterson. 

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just 'on spec' addressed as follows: 'Clancy of The Overflow'.

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(and I think the same was written with a thumbnail dipped in tar)
'Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
"Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are."

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  1. Like you, I really like the new notes. And cannot imagine that anyone will be able to counterfeit them successfully in the short term.

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    1. EC, it would probably cost more to make them than they are worth.

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  2. I do like the notes even though they are problem for me because of my poor colour vision. When in my wallet I can barely distinguish the new $10 note from the $5 dollar note unlike the old notes whose colours were clearly different to me. The colours of the the two new notes appear almost identical to me. The difference in their size is not evident when the notes are in my wallet. I have started to carefully place the new notes with the numeric value displayed top right to avoid the embarrassing note selection mistakes I had started to make.

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    1. Victor, the size difference is not enough to notice, so I don't why it is done. I do like a nicely ordered wallet with the notes facing the same way and in order of value.

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  3. Ahhh...our good mate, Banjo. Where would we be with out his wonderful words?

    I just like the notes...I don't care what size they are, as long as they're not counterfeit. I wish I had more of them!! :)

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    1. I am fond of Banjo too Lee. Yes, more of the notes for us all would be nice.

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  4. We are also changing our notes. Cannot get used to these plasticised smaller notes. So far we have a new £5 and a new £10. The others will follow soon. I know they are much more difficult to forge but I still don't like them.

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    1. Marie, the only thing I miss about the old money is the smell.

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  5. I to like the new two notes, but miss the $100.00 ones as they are not given out at the bank unless I ask.

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    1. Margaret, do you use them for money laundering?

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    2. When I ask at the bank, they tell me they don't have any. I don't believe them, but take the offered $50s instead.

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    3. No Andrew, $100.00 notes make my piles smaller :)

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    4. River, it does seem they disappear as fast as they are made.

      I laughed, Margaret.

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  6. Banjo, be buggered!
    History is not kind to some of us, for when the truth oozes out it tends to tarnish reps.
    Barcroft Boake was a swell poet, such a swingin' swell he swung himself from his own stockwhip.
    Perhaps he should grace the note, as a counterfoil to Mary wot was once engaged to Henry Lawson.
    And Mary can get buggered, too, about time we upped our culture, instead of relying on the nearest yoghurt pot, and give Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) a bit more publicity.
    These tired old farts, apart from HRH, are boring.

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    1. Jayne, Banjo is a people's poet. I don't know about Boake. Didn't our old $1 note have an Aborigine on it? There should be at least some Aboriginal representation.

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    2. let me check, I have one of those old $1 notes. Looks to be Queen Liz on one side and several aboriginal design drawings on the other. No actual person, aboriginal or otherwise. The original $2 has Macarthur one one side and a man whose name I can't quite make out on the other side. Macarthur has a sheep on his side and the other guy has wheat.
      These are the original paper notes, I also have the $5, $10 and $20. I used to have a $50 but don't know what happened to it.

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  7. Our American money is our President or statement all dead.
    Also here if you get 50 or 100 bill it said you need to take it a local bank. And get broke down in a $20 or less.
    They were talk about putting Harriet Tubman on the 20 instead of Andrew Jackson...my opinion and that it is...President Jackson was nasty piece of work.
    Our neighbor to the North (Canada) got rid of there paper ones and twos...With coin and call then loonies and toonies...Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I remember the loonies and toonies. We know that tipping is the reason you don't have $1 coins.

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  8. The new picture of HM The Queen looks like a photograph more than an engraving (which is usual). To me, the most important thing about banknotes is that they are different colours and different sizes.

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    1. Cro, and an adequate supply of the stuff too.

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  9. I'm a bit like Her Majesty in that I don't carry money around with me lol
    I might have a few $5 or even a $10 in my phone cover 'cose I put most things on a card. Reason being- if I have it there I spend it! With the card I will often think twice. I know there are others who think otherwise but it works for me!
    And having said all that - I've only seen the new $5 lol

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    1. Cathy, that is opposite to how most people think. The card debt or balance is invisible, but you notice dwindling cash in your pocket.

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  10. I like the new notes too, much prettier with that transparent strip.

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    1. Sami, I think so. We are already very used to plastic notes, but these are much nicer.

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  11. I remember having to learn Clancy of the overflow when in school, don't remember any of it now. I don't like the new notes, but I'll get used to them. I really wish they were all the same size as I keep different notes in different parts of my purse and the section where I used to put the $10s now has to be for the $5s, because the $10s are a fraction too wide, ditto the $20s which now have to go in the same section as the $50s.

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    1. River, I admire you for having a collection of $50 notes in your purse. Do have a read through Clancy of the Overflow, and Mulga Bill's Bicycle, along with A Bush Christening, which I think was by Lawson.

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    2. I remember all those poems, we learned them along with Clancy.
      The $50s don't last long, only from the bank to home where half get stashed away to pay the rent each week, and the rest is broken up quickly by grocery shopping and cat food.

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  12. Do you have problems not having a dollar note?
    I think I'd like the 'old duck':)
    That's great that you wrote the poet. And the response is also:)
    Have a good one.

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    1. Sandra, no problem not have notes for $1 and $2. But as I remarked earlier, we don't really tip, otherwise we would be weighed down by so many coins at the ready.

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  13. Oh you made me lol again Andrew. I'll have to tell my BIL the next time I see him, he's the only person I know who loves to have 100 dollar bills in his wallet, now I know what he's up to 😀😀😀

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    1. Grace, it is so long since I have even seen a $100 note. It seems strange to me to want them.

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    1. Oh dear. I see you've been to Egypt. How long did the pyramids take to build?

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