Checking Banknotes

How do I tell if I have a counterfeit banknote and what do I do with it?

Australia's banknotes have many features designed to combat counterfeiting and the Reserve Bank has produced a Counterfeit Detection Guide to assist the public to detect and deal with counterfeits.

Do all banknotes have the names of the people featured on them printed under the portrait?

The names of the people on the banknotes were added to the design to make it easier for the public to identify the famous Australians featured. In 2002, the names were added to $10 and $20 banknotes. In 2003 the names were added to $50 banknotes, and in 2008 they were added to $100 banknotes. You can determine the year a banknote was manufactured by looking at the first two numbers of the serial number.

The presence or absence of the name under the portrait is not a determining factor when assessing whether a banknote is genuine. Australia's banknotes have many features designed to combat counterfeiting and the Reserve Bank of Australia has produced a Counterfeit Detection Guide to assist the public to detect and deal with counterfeits.

Are the signatures of the RBA Governor and Secretary to the Treasury in a different order on some banknotes?

When Australian polymer banknotes were first printed, the signature of the Secretary to the Treasury appeared above that of the Governor of the Reserve Bank. However, from 2002 the signatures were reversed on new banknotes when they were printed. You can determine the year a banknote was manufactured by looking at the first two numbers of the serial number.

The order of the signatures is not a determining factor when assessing whether a banknote is genuine. Australia's banknotes have many features designed to combat counterfeiting and the Reserve Bank has produced a Counterfeit Detection Guide to assist the public to detect and deal with counterfeits.