Reserve Bank releases a new $20 note

Check out the design for Australia’s new $20 note

Check out the design for Australia’s new $20 note

THERE are big changes coming to our $20 notes - including clever features which will make it a counterfeiter's nightmare.

The RBA has revealed the new $20 banknote on Friday, which will be released into general circulation in October 2019.

The new look, like the old note, features portraits of successful businesswoman Mary Reibey and pioneer Reverend John Flynn.

Unlike the current version, the new note will have a more vibrant colour scheme and even a colour-changing kookaburra that flaps its wings when the note is tilted. Her journey is illustrated on the new $20 to celebrate her achievements.

In a nod to the famous Australians, excerpts of Reverend Flynn's The Bushman's Companion and the name of Reiby's ships will also be printed on the note.

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It will also have three raised bumps along each edge to assist people who are blind or have low vision.

These new security measures aren't exactly new overall though, the $5 and $10 notes got the anti-counterfeiting features in 2016 and 2017 respectively, while the Pineapple was updated last October.

Lowe also said the note will continue to 'celebrate the lives two outstanding Australians'. Reibey was a convict turned merchant, shipowner and trader.

"Large clear windows on polymer banknotes are extremely hard to counterfeit without it being obvious that the banknote is a counterfeit", Mr Boulton told The Australian ahead of the $20 note's release.

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