Size: 151 x 65mm
Paper type: Polymer
Main colour: Yellow
The Australian 50 dollar note is a denomination of Australian currency. The new fifty-dollar polymer banknote was issued on 18 October 2018 and depicts the same historical characters that it has since 1995. A portrait of Indigenous Australian, a preacher, inventor and author David Unaipon (born David Ngunaitponi) is featured on the obverse of the note, while an Australian social reformer who worked for the rights and welfare of women and children Edith Dircksey Cowan is featured on the reverse. 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 50 dollar banknote, these are the Acacia humifusa and the Black Swan.
Security features can help you to tell if a new Australian fifty-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 Swan move its wings.
Inside the building at the bottom of the window is a number 50 that changes direction.
Rolling colour effect
On the obverse of the 50 australian dollar note you will see the rolling colour effect on the Black Swan above the signatures.
On the reverse of the banknote in the top corner you will see a prominent patch that changes colour in a rolling effect.
There is a tactile feature to assist vision-impared people.
In multiple locations on both sides of the note you can see clearly defined tiny text. The text includes excerpts from David Unaipon's Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines. ‘FIFTY DOLLARS’ is also microprinted in the coloured background print.
Under UV light
Put the new 50 australian dollar banknote under UV light and on the obverse of the note you will see a bird and wattle feature revealed. On the other side you will see the serial number glow and the year of print appear.