…and I’m not just talking about the exchange rate right now. Australian currency is just much more practical, if only for the lack of pennies alone.
Australian currency is comprised of bank notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 – all of which are different colors which is handy. Aside from the bank notes, there are also 2 dollar, 1 dollar, 50 cent, 10 cent and 5 cent coins – that’s right, no annoying pennies and even better – the 2 dollar coin is one of the smaller ones so when you fill a jar with loose change it actually ends up being quite valuable!
Fun Facts About Aussie Notes:
- The $100 note features Dame Nellie Melba – world-renowned soprano, and General Sir John Monash – civil engineer and distinguished soldier.
- The $50 note features David Unaipon – Aboriginal writer and inventor, and Edith Cowan – first female Australian politician.
- The $20 note features the Reverend John Flynn – founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Mary Reibey – former convict, pioneer businesswoman.
- The $10 note features A.B. (‘Banjo’) Paterson – poet, author of Waltzing Matilda and Man from Snowy River, and Dame Mary Gilmore – poet and social reformer.
- The old $5 note features Queen Elizabeth II, and Parliament House. The new $5 note features Sir Henry Parkes – politician and architect of Australian Federation, and Catherine Spence – writer and feminist.
Fun Facts About Aussie Coins:
- All Australian coins have the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front.
- The $2 coin was introduced in 1988 to replace the $2 note. It features an Aboriginal tribal elder, the Southern Cross and native grass trees.
- The $1 coin was introduced in 1984 to replace the $1 note. It features kangaroos on the reverse side.
- 50c coin features Australia’s Coat of Arms.
- 20c coin features the platypus (soon to be replaced with an image of Sir Donald Bradman).
- 10c coin features a male lyrebird dancing.
- 5c coin features an echidna.