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Australian new five dollar note

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Size: 130 x 65mm
Paper type:

Obverse                                           Reverse
Australian new 5 dollar obverse Australian new 5 dollar reverse

The new Australian five-dollar polymer banknote was issued on 1 September 2016. It retains the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which is drawn from the same source photograph represented on the first polymer five-dollar banknote. The note features different species of Australian wattle and a native bird. The banknote also depicts New Parliament House and the Forecourt Mosaic, which is based on a Central Desert dot-style painting by Michael Nelson Jagamara titled ‘Possum and Wallaby Dreaming’ and a schematic plan of the New Parliament House. This was based on the Design Development Landscape Plan, which was provided by the Parliament House Construction Authority.

Security features

Top-to-bottom window

Australian new 5 dollar top-to-bottom window

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.

+ 3D Image

Australian new 5 dollar 3D Image

Tilt the banknote to see a three-dimensional image with a colourful border. The image will appear raised or recessed.

+ Flying bird

Australian new 5 dollar flying bird

Tilt the banknote to see a bird move its wings and change colour in the top-to-bottom window.

+ Colourful bird

Australian new 5 dollar colourful bird

Tilt the banknote to see colours change within a bird.

+ Reversing number

Australian new 5 dollar reversing number

Tilt the banknote to see a number change direction within the building. The number alternately appears forwards, disappears, then appears backwards.

+ Rolling colour effect

Australian new 5 dollar Rolling colour effect

Tilt the banknote to see a rolling colour effect. On one side of the banknote it is a prominent patch near the top corner on the other side it is within a bird shape.

+ Image in small window

Australian new 5 dollar Image in small window

Look for an image in a small clear window. The image is embossed and has a light and dark effect. The window should be an integral part of the banknote and not an addition.

+ Intaglio print

Australian new 5 dollar Intaglio print

Feel the distinctive texture of the dark printing. The slightly raised print can be felt by running a finger across the portraits and numerals.

+ Background print(offset)

Australian new 5 dollar offset

Multi-coloured and multi-directional fine-line patterns appear on each side of the banknote. This background printing should be very sharp. Check for irregularities such as less clearly defined patterns, thicker or thinner lines, or colour differences.

+ Microprint

Australian new 5 dollar Microprint

There is microprint, or tiny, clearly defined text, in multiple locations on the banknote.

+ Fluorescent ink

Australian new 5 dollar Fluorescent ink

To validate the UV fluorescent features on Australia's banknotes, it is recommended that a UV black light with a wavelength that is centered around 365nm be used, and that it is done so in low ambient lighting conditions. Many UV black lights that use Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) emit wavelengths between 395 – 400nm, which are not suitable for viewing the UV features.

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