Australian Currency

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The Australian Currency is the Australian Dollar - AUD or A$ - and if you'd like to know how much your money is worth as Australian money, you can use this handy Currency Converter.

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In addition to information about Australian money I also provide information on accessing your funds and opening a bank account in Australia

About Australian Money

The Australian currency is a decimal currency, there are 100 cents to one dollar.

Five, 10, 20 and 50 cent silver coins are available, and one and two dollar gold coins. Silver and gold is the colour of the coins, not the material. They are made from cupro-nickel (silver) and aluminium-bronze (gold), respectively. Depicted on coins of Australian currency you can find several popular Australian animals: kangaroos (one dollar), the platypus (20 cents), the lyrebird (10 cents) and the echidna or spiny ant-eater (5 cents).

The one and two cent coins of the Australian currency disappeared after 1992, but the shop prices remained a typical "something and 99 cents". When you pay for your items the sum of your purchases will be rounded to the nearest five cents. Unless of course you pay by card. In that case you will be billed the exact amount.

The bank notes are colourful and made from some sort of plastic (a polymer).

They are difficult to counterfeit, very durable, and don't crease much.

They also have the bad habit of unfolding themselves and that way can jump out of your purse or pocket. True.

The denominations of the Australian currency bank notes are five (purple), 10 (blue), 20 (red), 50 (khaki) and 100 (green) dollars. ATMs usually dispense 20 and 50 dollar notes. 100 dollar notes are not very common for some reason.

All notes of the Australian currency show pictures of personalities important to Australia's history.