- Size: 144 x 65mm
- Paper type: Polymer
- Colour: Red/Orange
The Australian twenty dollar note is a denomination of Australian currency. The new twenty-dollar polymer banknote was issued on 09 October 2019 and depicts the same historical characters that it has since 1994. A portrait of merchant, shipowner and trader Mary Reibey is featured on the obverse of the note, while an Australian Presbyterian minister who founded the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) John Flynn is featured on the reverse. AIM later separated into Frontier Services and the Presbyterian Inland Mission, as well as founding what became the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world's first air ambulance.
Each denomination in the new series of Australian dollar banknotes will feature a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird within a number of the security features. On the $20 banknote, these are the Box-leaf wattle (Acacia buxifolia) and the eastern Australian bird Kookaburra.
Portrait of Mary Reibey
This portrait of Mary Reibey, based on a miniature watercolour on ivory, ca.1835.
Photo: State Library of NSW
Reibey's Macquarie Place House
This image depicts a building in Macquarie Place where Mary Reibey lived and conducted her business operations.
This image shows Sydney Cove in the 1800s. The Port Jackson schooner is indicative of the ships owned by Reibey and a traditional Eora nowie (canoe). The scene is based on an image by Jacob William Jones and a model of a schooner held by the Tweed Regional Museum.
Portrait of Reverend John Flynn
This portrait of Reverend John Flynn, who is best remembered as the man who established the Royal Flying Doctor Service, is based on a 1930s photograph from the National Library of Australia.
De Havilland Dragon Aircraft
This image depicts a De Havilland Dragon aircraft leaving a remote homestead in Broken Hill in 1948.
Pedal Powered Transceiver
The pedal powered transceiver was developed by Alfred Traeger, and was used by the Australian Inland Mission (later the Royal Flying Doctor Service) to improve communication in remote areas.
Security features can help you to tell if a new Australian twenty dollar note is fake or real.
Look for multiple security features in the clear top-to-bottom window. The window should be an integral part of the banknote and not an addition. Check that the security features in the window cannot be easily rubbed off.
Tilt the banknote to see a three-dimensional compass with colourful lines.
Tilt the Australian twenty dollar banknote to see colours change within the Kookaburra's feathers and beak.
Tilt the banknote to see the number ‘20’ change direction within the building.
Compass clear window
Look for a compass in a small clear window.
Rolling colour effect
On the reverse of the Australian twenty dollar note in the top-right corner you will see a rolling colour effect, which is visible on both sides of the banknote.
On the obverse of banknote you will see a rolling colour effect, which is visible on both sides of the banknote.
Feel the distinctive texture of the raised, dark printing.
Feel for three raised bumps on each of the long edges of the banknote.
Look for tiny, clearly defined text in multiple locations on the banknote. The text includes the names of the ships owned by Mary Reiby: Edwin, Governor Macquarie, James, John Palmer, Mercury and Raven. ‘TWENTY DOLLARS’ is also microprinted in the coloured background print.
Under UV light
On the obverse of Twenty australian dollar banknote you will see a Kookaburra and wattle branch that become visible under UV light. On the reverse of the Australian twenty dollar note you will see a serial number and year of print that fluoresce under UV light.