Take note: Even the Reserve Bank of Australia needs sub-editors
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Take note: Even the Reserve Bank of Australia needs sub-editors

Central banks have a lot to do, so it's no surprise things get overlooked once in a while.

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Central banks have a lot to do – controlling the money supply, setting interest rates, being the custodian of foreign exchange – so it’s no surprise that things get overlooked once in a while. But it’s a bit of a shame to find you have a typo on your legal tender.

It emerged this week that the A$50 note, which has been in circulation since October and so far has 46 million notes out there changing hands, has a spelling mistake on it.

We should say that it’s in extremely small print, which is why it has taken the nation half a year to notice (listeners to radio station MMM were the ones who cracked it). One side of the note has Edith Cowan, Australia’s first female MP, on it, with a maternity hospital that she helped establish behind her. The footpath between the two is made up of a repeated phrase in tiny lettering, including the line “It is a great responsibility to be the only woman here”.

Except, it doesn’t say responsibility. It says responsibilty. There’s an “i” missing.




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