100 dollar note ($100 polymer) Front - Design Back - Design


Designed by Bruce Stewart, Dame Nellie Melba, opera singer of international acclaim features on the front of this note. At her peak, she was regarded as one of the most accomplished and famous sopranos of the time. Her efforts during World War I to raise funds for war charities earned her the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The interior of Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, is shown at the left, being the site of a special performance by her in 1903. Melba is in the foreground. The Australian Concert Tour programme of 1902 complete with a monogram designed by her is also shown.

On the back of this note, Sir John Monash, one of Australia's greatest soldiers is portrayed. Monash saw service at Gallipoli and afterwards in the European theatre; in 1918 he was appointed commander of the Australian Corps. Soldiers and cannon are shown to the right participating in a battle which led to the breaking of the Hindenberg Line, one of Monash's more spectacular victories. The " Rising Sun " badge of the Australian Army, a cavalry charge and Simpson and his donkey of Gallipoli fame are also shown.

Security Features:

Those discrete to this note include:

(a) A clear window larger than that on lower denominations contains appropriately the lyre or song bird. The denomination numeral "100" is embossed twice. Both features are visible from either side of the note.

(b) When the note is held up to the light, the seven pointed Commonwealth Star becomes visible with four points on the front registering perfectly with three on the back.

(c) An image of the Australian Coat of Arms to the left of the denomination numeral on the front can be seen when it is held up to the light. This is similar to a watermark.

(d) The serial number is printed twice, in brown (top left) and in green (bottom right) on the back in differing fonts. Modern Extended is used at upper left and Butsch Grotesque is used at lower right of the note.

(e) Micro-printing of "100" 20 times in a rectangular box under the "lyre bird" on the Melba side and 33 times in the same position on the "Monash" side. Lines are in whole or in part.

(f) Intricate, multi-coloured fine-line patterns and images are present on each side.

(g) Serial numbers fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light. A box containing the denomination numeral appears under the printed denomination numeral at front right under ultraviolet light.


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Date of issue

158 × 65 mm


Dame Nellie Melba

Sir John Monash

15th May 1996