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Millions of $50 Australian banknotes feature typo

Sydney, May 9 (efe-epa).- Millions of Australian $50 banknotes that have been in circulation for six months have a spelling mistake, the Reserve Bank of Australia confirmed on Thursday.

An error appears in a text of microscopic size that quotes part of a speech by Edith Cowan, the first woman to win a seat in the Australian Parliament in 1921 and to whom Australia has dedicated this note since 1995.

The typo was identified by a listener of the Triple M radio morning show using a magnifying glass.

The listener also shared an enlarged image of the text on Instagram in which the misspelled word "responsibilty" appears three times instead of "responsibility".

"It is a great responsibility to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here," features several times in tiny print across the $50 banknotes, and the word "responsibility" is missing one "i" at all times.

A spokesman for RBA said that the institution was aware of the blunder and that it would be corrected in the next reprints of the note, the Australian Broadcasting Association reported.

The design of the bill was presented in February of last year and 46 million were minted at a cost of 2.3 billion AUD ($1.6 billion).

In addition to the image of Cowan, the note, which was put into circulation in October, shows the aboriginal inventor and writer, David Unaipon, and four swans, one of which can only be seen under ultraviolet light. EFE-EPA

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