Australia's central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million banknotes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.
Triple M radio posted on Instagram a magnified photograph of a 50-dollar (£27) note showing the misspelling of “responsibility".
The word appears three times on the note and the third “i" is omitted every time.
We have exclusively revealed that there’s a spelling mistake on the new $50 note this morning after a Hot Breakfast… https://t.co/cFdCBT99Ak— Triple M Melbourne (@Triple M Melbourne) 1557354699.0
The Reserve Bank of Australia said the spelling error will be corrected at the next print run later this year. The latest version of the notes was released in October.
@mmmhotbreakfast Omg. It’s spelt wrong TWICE!! https://t.co/LAOjJNBOdb— Lisa (@Lisa) 1557353438.0
@lisanne77 @mmmhotbreakfast 3 times! Check to bottom.— Morra (@Morra) 1557368381.0
Australia's hi-tech polymer notes are among the most difficult in the world to counterfeit due to their extraordinary level of detail, and the technology has been exported to other countries.
The script is barely legible to the naked eye and the Reserve Bank of Australia may have got away with it, were it… https://t.co/oeM8RcrCd6— IOL News (@IOL News) 1557382636.0
The 50-dollar note is known colloquially as a “pineapple" because of its yellow hues, and bears an image of the first woman elected to an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan.
Spot the typo: 46 million of Australia’s new $50 bills have a spelling error. Can you find it? Hint: It's close t… https://t.co/7EaVrvvEVZ— TicToc by Bloomberg (@TicToc by Bloomberg) 1557389705.0
Have you spotted the typo in Australia’s new $50 bills yet? #ausbiz #ausecon https://t.co/1ttjVwhTs7— TicToc by Bloomberg (@TicToc by Bloomberg) 1557395793.0
The misspelling appears in an extract from her first speech to the Western Australia state parliament in 1921.
The Reserve Bank has admitted to an embarrassing typo on the $50 note. @RobertOvadia #7NEWS https://t.co/B4fPdgO6Ax— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NEWS Melbourne) 1557389875.0
Some wondered if it wasn't intentional.
Why didn't someone suggest that to the Australian mint before they admitted the error?
@jartza42 @tictoc That's what I thought also. It must have been intentional for use in detecting fake bills.😃— Enobong Udofia (@Enobong Udofia) 1557411910.0
People also wondered about to-day and emphasise. One is the accepted spelling from the time of Cowan's speech (to-day) and the second is American versus British English (emphasize versus emphasise).
@tictoc Emphasize— jc. (@jc.) 1557393949.0
Not everything is bad about the error though. Don't these things become collector's items?