Australian one hundred-dollar note

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One hundred Dollars
(Australia)
Value 100 Australian dollars
Width 158 mm
Height 65 mm
Security features Clear Window with Embossing, Micro Printing, Slightly Raised Printing, Hold the note towards light and the Australian Coat Of Arms plus a seven pointed star will appear,Ultra Violet, Unic Serial Number and different fonts, Watermark
Paper type Polymer
Years of printing 1996, 1998-99, 2008, 2010-11[1]
Obverse
Australian $100 polymer front.jpg
Design Dame Nellie Melba
Designer Bruce Stewart
Design date 1996
Reverse
Australian $100 polymer back.jpg
Design Sir John Monash
Designer Bruce Stewart
Design date 1996

The Australian one hundred dollar banknote was first issued in 1984.[citation needed] There have been only two different issues of this denomination: initially a greyish blue paper note, and from 1996, a green polymer note. There were 221,842,984 paper notes issued before its withdrawal.[citation needed]

According to Reserve Bank of Australia statistics, the number of $100 banknotes in circulation in June 2005 was 149 million, or 18.5% of all notes in circulation. The cash value for these notes was $14,924,000,000, or 41.9% of the total value for all denominations. Only the $50 note had more cash value in circulation. Updated figures to June 2008 were 176.9 million, or 19%, and $17,690,000,000, or 42.1%. Again, the value of cash in circulation is more for the $50 note.[2] This can be explained by the fact that most automated teller machines dispense $20 and $50 notes, but not $100 notes.

Since the start of issuance there have been six signature combinations. Two other combinations were not issued.[citation needed]

Since 1973, the main title identifying the country on banknotes has been "Australia". The denominations issued prior to 1973 used "Commonwealth of Australia".[citation needed]

Design[edit]

The paper issue has a portrait of Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson, with a background of a mountain range with a geological strata format. A large diamond shape appears to the left of the main picture. Astronomer John Tebbutt is on the reverse, with a background of the observatory he built and a local church.[3]

The polymer issue was designed by Bruce Stewart, and features portraits of soprano Dame Nellie Melba and engineer and First World War general Sir John Monash.

Security features[edit]

The paper design includes a watermark of Captain James Cook in the white field, and a metallic strip embedded in the paper to the left (on the obverse side) of the note. The same watermark was used in the last issue of the pre-decimal banknotes.[citation needed]

The polymer issue includes a shadow image of the Australian Coat of Arms, which is printed over. In the clear window, there is embossing—or a raised image—of the number 100 and a print of a lyrebird. Also for this issue, fluorescent colouring was added to the serial numbers, as well as a patch that shows the banknote's value. The star's four points on the obverse and three on the reverse join to form the seven-pointed Federation Star when the note is held up to the light.[citation needed] Raised print and micro-printing of the denomination value are also included.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SERIAL NUMBER INFORMATION". Collecting. RBA. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Notes on Issue, Data updated to end June 2008, Reserve Bank of Australia. Retrieved on 27 June 2009.
  3. ^ Inflation and the Note Issue, Reserve Bank of Australia. Retrieved on 11 September 2006.
  4. ^ "SECURITY FEATURES". Counterfeit. RBA. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ http://banknotes.rba.gov.au/securityfeatures.html

Further reading[edit]

  • Ian W. Pitt, ed. (2000). Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Values (19th ed. ed.). Chippendale, NSW: Renniks Publications. pp. 171–172. ISBN 0-9585574-4-6.