Today’s award goes to the Reserve Bank of Australia. A tip o’ the hat to Australian reader Snoggeramus for sending me the link.
An anonymous tipster with eagle eyes, a magnifying glass and, presumably, a little free time, alerted radio stations to a typo on the new $50 banknote that has escaped everyone’s attention since 46 million of them were rolled out in October last year.
The RBA has confirmed the word “responsibility” is incorrectly spelled “responsibilty” – without the third “i”.
And it has admitted the error was brought to its attention back in December.
But it has no intention of withdrawing or recalling the notes from circulation. The error will be corrected in the next print run, the RBA said.
There’s more at the link, including pictures of the error.
That’s going to be interesting. If the first print run contains a misspelling – which is apparently repeated three times – will counterfeiters reproduce the error as well? Or will they use the correct spelling, and try to pass off their forged notes as being from the second print run? If so, they’d better not try to spend them until the latter’s in widespread circulation, or eagle-eyed shop assistants will have a field day spotting the fakes.
On the other hand, I have to admit that the misspelling is in very tiny print indeed, not really noticeable to the naked eye at all. It’s really only visible to those with a truly anal-retentive obsession with looking for such things. Even so, it’s an embarrassing slip-up all round, particularly being legal tender and all that – although still not as good (?) as the (literally) sinful typo in the so-called Wicked Bible, a few centuries ago.