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Australia Reveals New Design of $5 Note

Continuing our trip around the world, this next story takes us to Australia for the introduction of some rather colorful currency. The country has revealed a new design for their $5 bill.

Each note as they call them in Australia will feature a different species of native plants and birds. It also has enhanced security measures, to prevent counterfeiting.


refers to something that is fake, but is made to look like a copy of something, in order to trick people.

Instead of paper, Australia makes their money with polymer, which is sort of like plastic that you can print.

From calling it 'disgusting' and 'horrendous' to comparing it to monopoly money, social media members are not big fans of the new designs. But what you can't see? The new bill also has a tactile feature to help the visually impaired differentiate between bills... all thanks to an online petition that was started by a 14-year-old boy.

So now -- we want to hear from you.

Do you like Australia's new design of the $5 bill? After you vote, we've got a challenge for you.

In the United States, people have debated whether to put a woman on the $10 bill or now, maybe even the $20 bill. So here's your chance to design your own currency. We want you to re-design the $1 bill. What would you put on it and why? Be creative -- and describe the materials you would use.

Instructional Links

Website Article: About.Com, Australian Travel, Australian Money


Website Artilce: BBC, Country Profiles, Australia