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Can't Buy Me Love ~ Explore #264

The open end of a conical roll of Australian banknotes made up of all the cash I could find in my wallet. Our currency is colourfully printed plastic and tear-proof. Apparently other countries think that it is like Monopoly play money, eg compared to the USA which is still printed on paper.


Entry for Macro Monday 4th June 2012: "Songs of the Beatles".


I'll buy you a diamond ring my friend

If it makes you feel all right

I'll get you anything my friend

If it makes you feel all right

'Cause I don't care too much for money

For money can't buy me love.



Australia's plastic money is made of a non-porous polymer with a specially developed protective coating so the notes stay cleaner and don't absorb moisture. They last on average 4-5 times longer in circulation, with the plastic $5 note lasting for around 40 months, compared to 6 months for the paper $5. After it does wear out, polymer money is recycled into plastic products such as compost bins and plumbing fittings.


The polymer substrate behaves a lot like paper and conventional printing techniques are used to apply ink to the surface. The major security measure is a see-through window which makes the plastic money difficult to reproduce using photocopiers and scanners.


Australia was the first country to have all polymer banknotes, but the rest of the world is starting to follow our lead. Note Printing Australia has produced banknotes for Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Kuwait, Western Samoa, Singapore, Brunei, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.


Taken with iPhone 4S with the magnetic snap-on macro lens.

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Taken on June 4, 2012