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A close-up view of a current circulation 50 Australian dollar note printed with the word 'responsibility' spelt incorrectly in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 09 May 2019.
Australian 50 dollar note misspells responsibility, Sydney, Australia - 09 May 2019

The Reserve Bank of Australia admitted this week that a typo has been discovered on Australia’s $50 bill, six months after it entered circulation.

Some 46m of the polymer bank notes had been printed before the error was noticed, although a magnifying glass is needed to spot it.

The yellow note is worth about £26 and features Edith Cowan, the first female member of the Australian parliament. In the background, there are printed lines from her first speech in 1921: “It is a great responsibility to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here.”

However, the word “responsibility” has been spelled “responsibilty”.

The RBA said the error would be corrected in future print runs, but the banknotes featuring the typo would remain in circulation.

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