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Next Generation Banknotes (NGB): Security - Intaglio

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The next security feature we’re calling out on the new $5 note that was released on 1 September 2016 as part of the Next Generation Banknote (NGB) rollout is ‘intaglio’.




noun: intaglio; plural noun: intaglios

  1. a design incised or engraved into a material.

"the dies bore a design in intaglio"

  1. a printing process in which the type or design is etched or engraved, such as photogravure.

"the craft of intaglio printmaking"

This is just one of many new features – details below.


About the feature

Intaglio gives the banknote a distinctive texture. You’ll find that by running a finger across the portraits and numerals, you’ll feel the effects of the intaglio design.


Did you know?

  • Intaglio printing has long been used on Australian banknotes, including the first Australian 10 shilling banknote printed in 1913.

If you want all the details and some more ‘did you knows’, then visit the RBA website.


If the banknote looks dodgy, it very well could be. Use the security features we’ve been sharing with you to try identify them and follow these steps to report them.

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