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Fifth series of banknotes: $100 (5th of 5)

Fifth series of banknotes: $100

The fifth-series $100 banknote, which is red and yellow, features scientist Ernest Rutherford, his Nobel Prize medal and a diagram showing a curve representing the decay of natural radioactive materials. The tukutuku design behind Rutherford is Whakaaro Kotahi. It comes from the wharenui (meeting house) Kaakati of Whakatū marae in Nelson, and represents unity and consensus.

The main features of the reverse side are the mōhua (yellowhead), the red beech, the South Island lichen moth and the Eglinton valley in Fiordland.

From 1999, a sixth series of banknotes (pictured above) were made from polymer (plastic) instead of paper. This allowed the introduction of a suite of new security features, including micro-printing, a shadow image of Queen Elizabeth II, and transparent windows.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Coins and banknotes - Decimal currency, 1960s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012