The Reserve Bank of Australia has revealed the design of the new $100 banknote, the final denomination in the Next Generation Banknote Program. The banknote is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2020.
The new $100 note features Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba. Sir John Monash was an engineer, solider, and civic leader and a huge figure in the building-construction industry. He is also widely recognized for his services in World War I. Monash was one of the key figures in building the Shrine of Remembrance in his hometown Melbourne – a feature displayed on the note.
Dame Nellie Melba was an internationally renowned soprano who performed in many countries during the late 19th and 20th centuries. The new note has images of the Australian flora and fauna. The Australian Masked Owl, the national floral emblem, and the Golden Wattle are some of them.
The new $100 banknote has five raised bumps on each side of the long edges of the note, a tactile feature for the visually disabled. Existing $100 banknotes will remain legal and usable.