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AUD 20 note was issued when the currency was changed from the Australian pound to the Australian dollar ( AUD )on 14 February 1966.
There have been only three different issues of this denomination: a paper note which had a gradient of yellow and red, with a distinct orange background, and two designs of polymer note which can be recognized for their distinct red-orange colouration. The first polymer note was issued on 31 October 1994 and the Next Generation polymer banknote was issued on 9 October 2019.
As of June 2017, 164 million AUD 20 banknotes were in circulation, 11% of the total notes in circulation; worth $3,286 million, or 4% of the total value for all denominations.
Since the start of issuance there have been 14 signature combinations, of which the 1967 issue is of the greatest value, issued for one year only; and the 1989 Phillip/Fraser being issued for less than a year regarding the AUD notes
This was subsequently changed to AUD until the end of the issuance of paper currency for this denomination in 1994 with 1,661,970,048 of these notes being issued.
The people depicted on the paper note (AUD 20) issue were Sir Charles Kingsford Smith on the obverse along with five Lissajous curves drawn by a two-pendulum harmonograph, and Lawrence Hargrave on the reverse with his drawings of kites and aircraft designs.
The polymer note features Mary Reibey on the obverse with an early colonial building and sailing ship including her signature.
John Flynn (founder of Frontier Services) is on the reverse with features of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of AUD of a De Havilland DH.50 biplane Victory supplied by Qantas, a representation of the pedal wireless invented by Alfred Hermann Traeger, Coledge Harland (the man on the camel),
His signature is included. A compass is in the clear window with the raised 20 lettering on the AUD 20
These famous people are depicted against a definite red background. The note AUD was designed by Garry Emery.
Colouration is said to be either red or orange but has been debated many times over the years.
Official documentation states that the color of the AUD 20 note is predominantly red.
This polymer note is colloquially known as a “lobster”, due to its red color.
The “Next Generation” AUD 20 banknote features the same AUD personalities as the previous design together with other design features.
The new design also retains the predominantly red color for the note. This note was released into circulation on 9th October 2019.