The Australian one hundred dollar banknote was first issued in 1984. There have been only two different issues of this denomination: initially a greyish blue paper note, and from 1996, a green polymer note. There were 221,842,984 paper notes issued before its withdrawal.
According to Reserve Bank of Australia statistics, the number of $100 banknotes in circulation in June 2005 was 149 million or 18.5% of all notes in circulation. The cash value for these notes was $14,924,000,000 or 41.9% of the total value for all denominations. Only the $50 note had more cash value in circulation. Updated figures to June 2008 were 176.9 million or 19%, and $17,690,000,000 or 42.1%. Again, the value of cash in circulation is more for the $50 note. This can be explained by the fact that automated teller machines dispense $20 and $50 notes, but not $100 notes.
Since the start of issuance there have been six signature combinations. Two other combinations were not issued.
Since 1973, the main title identifying the country on banknotes has been “Australia”. The denominations issued prior to 1973 used “Commonwealth of Australia”.
The paper issue has a portrait of Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson, with a background of a mountain range with a geological strata format. A large diamond shape appears to the left of the main picture. Astronomer John Tebbutt is on the reverse, with a background of the observatory he built and a local church.
The polymer issue was designed by Bruce Stewart, and features portraits of soprano Dame Nellie Melba and engineer and First World War general Sir John Monash. This polymer note is occasionally colloquially referred to as a “jolly green giant” due to its colour and size.
AUSTRALIAN BANKNOTE SUBLIMINALS
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First Published: Aug 6, 2012 – Last Updated: Jan 14, 2013