Sunday, August 29, 2010

Aussie Money

We've been fascinated with the money since we got here.  It is very unique.  The bills are made of plastic which means they can get wet and last 4 times longer than our paper money in the States.  Australia was the first country in the world to have plastic money and makes money for many different countries including Bangladesh, Brunei, Chile, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Western Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.  The bills are very difficult to counterfeit as well and each have a small clear window (see $10 bill with black arrow below) on them as another security feature.  There are the following bills: 100, 50, 20, 10, 5.

They are all different sizes from each other so that visually  impaired people can distinguish between the different bills.  They are also each a different color.  The coins are $2, $1, .50, .20, .10, and .05.  No pennies!  We are especially fond of the $2 coin. 

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