WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Last year, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) printed about 46 million new $50 bills with a typo error.
- It was only recently when a radio station noticed the typo on the money.
- The word “responsibility” is spelled without the last “I” on about $1.6 billion worth of currency.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Australia’s central bank, printed about 46 million new $50 bills last year with a typo that no one has noticed until just recently.
According to The Guardian, a radio station noticed a typo on the money, with the word “responsibility” spelled incorrectly. And that’s on about $1.6 billion worth of currency.
The print was extremely tiny that’s why nobody noticed the spelling mistake, or nobody bothered to read it.
Unfortunately, one powerful line from Cowan’s speech —”great responsibility” is spelled “great responsibilty” — not only once but three times. Triple M radio station magnified that part of the note and highlighted the spelling error, then posted it on their Instagram account.
The 46 million bills with the typo will remain legal tender and continue to circulate around Australia, CBS News reported.
The RBA is “aware of it and the spelling will be corrected at the next print run,” an RBA spokesperson told The Guardian.
Cowan’s 1921 speech, where she discussed the significance of her role as the first woman elected to Parliament, was a historical moment in Australia.
“It is a great responsibility to be the only woman here,” Cowan said, “and I want to emphasize the necessity which exists for other women being here.”