The Reserve Bank of Australia has revealed the design of the new $100 Australian bank note, which will feature Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba.
Set to enter circulation in the second half of 2020, the new $100 note will celebrate the contributions of the civil engineer and WWI military commander as well as Australian operatic soprano Nellie Melba.
Victoria’s second-oldest university, Monash University, based in Melbourne, is named after Sir John Monash, who contributed significantly to the building-construction industry and assisted Australian soldiers with their transition to civilian life.
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Nellie Melba – born Helen Porter Mitchell, adopting her pseudonym ‘Melba’ from her home town of Melbourne – was the first Australian to achieve global recognition as a classical musician. She taught for several years at Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music – which is now called the Melba Opera Trust – and published the Melba Method in 1926, an educational resource for singers.
The design also has representations of Australian flora and fauna, and features the Australian masked owl and the golden wattle, the national floral emblem.
Here’s what the new $100 note looks like:
RBA governor Philip Lowe said Australians should take pride in our banknotes.
“They are innovative and contain world-leading security features that keep the banknotes secure,” he said in a statement.
“The new $100 banknote celebrates the contributions that two outstanding Australians – Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba – made to our society.”
New banknotes will have a ‘tactile’ function that will help those who are blind or with low vision to distinguish between different bank notes. The new $100 note will have five raised bumps on the upper left- or right-hand corner, depending on which side of the note is facing you.
The new $20 note will also have this feature, and will have three bumps to signify its denomination by touch.
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