Australian 100 dollar note

Australian 100 dollar note

Infobox Banknote
Country = Australia
Denomination = One hundred Dollars
Value = 100
Unit = Australian dollars
Width = 158
Height = 65
Security Features = Window, Watermark
Paper Type = Polymer
Years of Printing = 1996–present
Obverse =Australia_100_1999.00.00_P55b_f.jpg
Obverse Design = Dame Nellie Melba
Obverse Designer = Bruce Stewart
Obverse Design Date = 1996
Reverse =Australia_100_1999.00.00_P55b_r.jpg
Reverse Design = Sir John Monash
Reverse Designer = Bruce Stewart
Reverse Design Date = 1996

The Australian one hundred dollar banknote was issued due to inflation in the year 1984. There have only been two different issues of this denomination, a greyish blue paper and from 1996 a green polymer.

According to the reserve bank statistics the number of banknotes in circulation was 149 million or 18.5% of money supply, while the cash value for this denomination was $14,924 million or 41.9% of total value for all denominations. Only the $50 note has more cash value in circulation. [ [http://www.rba.gov.au/CurrencyNotes/Statistics/notes_on_issue.html Reserve bank statistics 2004/2005]

Since the start of issuance there have been six signature combinations of which are common, and two combinations were not issued.

From 1984 the main title identifying the country was "Australia", there were 221,842,984 paper issue notes issued in its life.

Design

The paper issue has a portrait of Douglas Mawson who was an Antarctic explorer, so in the background is depicted a mountain range with a geological strata format. A large diamond is situated to the left of the main picture. John Tebbutt is on the reverse with pictures of the observatory that he built and a local church. [ [http://www.rba.gov.au/Museum/Displays/1960_1988_rba_and_reform_of_the_currency/inflation_and_the_note_issue.html#top.] Retrieved 11 Sept 2006]

The polymer issue was designed by Bruce Stewart, and features a portrait of soprano Dame Nellie Melba and engineer and First World War general Sir John Monash.

ecurity features

The paper design included a watermark in the white field of Captain James Cook, the watermark was also used in the last issue of pound banknotes. A metallic strip to the left side on the obverse of the note. Polymer issue includes a watermark or clear imprint of the coat of arms which is printed over. A raised image in the clear panel of the number 100 along with the Lyrebird print on a clear window. Also for this issue fluorescent colouring was added to the serial numbers and a number 100 elsewhere. A star with four points on the obverse and three on the reverse which join under light.Raised print and micro printing of the denomination name are included. [ [http://www.rba.gov.au/CurrencyNotes/SecurityFeaturesAndCounterfeitDetection/security_features_on_australias_notes.html SECURITY FEATURES ON AUSTRALIA'S NOTES] Retrieved 20 August 2006 ]

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