The main features for the $5 new banknote remains the same ie the portrait of the Queen, and the Parliament House in the capital city Canberra which was first opened in 1988. As this is a new series, all new banknotes will depict a difference species of Australian wattle and a native bird. For the new $5 banknotes, these are the Prickly Moses (yellow coloured) wattle and a Eastern Spinebill bird.
Also for the first time, the serial numbers are printed with 7 digits and not 6. A new tactile feature, in raised bump, is also added to the upper left side of the note and near the bottom edge too. This feature is to assist those who are affected by vision impairment, telling the difference between denominations of Australian bank notes, along with the bright colours, large and bold numbers, and different sizes for each denominations. Whilst this banknote is to replace the previous polymer series, all banknotes issued since Federation in 1901 are still legal tender. The release of this note is also coincide with the 50th anniversary of Australia converting its currency from Pound Sterling to decimal system (14.02.1966). The dimension of this new note is the same as the previous polymer note (130mm x 65mm).
|ND2016, AA First Prefix|
Is this how the notes are printed?
AA - AB - AC - AD - AE - AF
AG - AH - AI - AJ - AK - BA
BB - BC - BD - BE - BF - BG
BH - BI - BJ - BK - CA - CB
CC - CD - CE - CF - CG - CH
CI - CJ - CK - DA - DB - DC
DD - DE - DF - DG - DH - DI
DJ - DK - EA - EB - EC - ED
EE - EF - EG - EH - EI - EJ
Each prefix is printed with 4,063,626 pieces or a total of 219,435,804, with total value of $1,097,179,020.
EJ16 prefix is now confirmed as the last prefix.
I, personally, have not sighted the three prefixes of BF, BH and CK and I am sure these prefixes have been issued as well. There is no reasons to believe they are not. However, it is interesting to see if EK has been printed and will we also seeing prefixes like FA, FB and so on as well? Now the hunt is on the last prefix note. If only we know what the last prefix is.
My earlier comment on the new $5 note
11.02.2016 News - It has now been announced that a new $5 "Wattle" note will be released on 01.09.2016 to coincide with the National Wattle Day. This is the first of the next generation of banknotes which will include a tactile feature for the benefit of those vision-impaired. The new series will retain the same colour, size and the same people that portrayed on the current notes. The release of the $5 will also marks the 50th anniversary of Australia conversion to the decimal currency (14.02.1996). Full details of the note will be released in the middle of the year.