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Banknote Anatomy

By CAA    |   Tuesday, 14 February 2023

Like many other specialized hobbies, it's important to learn basic collecting banknotes terminology, including the parts of a note. You can find more definitions in the glossary.


Side of the coin with the effigy or with the main design. Face or obverse side of a note.

Anatomy of a Banknote - Obverse

  • Portrait: A representation or model of a person on a note.
  • Denomination: Face or nominal value of a note.
  • Signatures: Signed names of the Secretary of Treasury and the Governor of the Bank of Australia.
  • Tactile Bump: Embossed tactile feature to assist the vision-impaired community.
  • Window: See-through security feature.


Tail or reserve side of a banknote.

Anatomy of a Banknote - Reverse

  • Serial number: Letters and digits showing the position of a banknote in a serie.
  • Window: See-through security feature.
  • Edge: Slim third side of a banknote.

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