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NextGen Series - With the $5 second polymer series released on 01.09.2016, the next note is scheduled to release will be the $10 note. This note will be issued on 01.09.2017. The signature for the new $10 will be signed by Philip Lowe (Governor) and John A Fraser (Secretary to the Treasury).

. . . a complete collection of all Australian polymer notes (single note) issued since 1988, including all commemoratives, joint issues and special serial numbered issues. The only sets that I do not have, at the moment, are the 1988 bicentenary 3 coins and 3 banknotes portfolio album issue and the 1998 $10 Portraits AA98/AB98 (with or without frame). The Coins & Banknotes set comprises of 3 notes ($2 last paper, $5 paper and $10 polymer 1988 commemorative). I have not purchased this set as the notes used for this issue were just ordinary notes with no unique or special serial numbers. A total set of 25,000 albums were issued at a price of $120. As for the $10 Portrait set, it was a failure at that time and the notes were later withdrew as it was not popular among collectors. The price was not right then!

Did you know that the Australia polymer notes series are designed in such a way that the portraits of female and male are alternated, with serial numbers on the front and signatures on the back, ie $5 Queen Elizabeth the ll/-, $10 AB Banjo Patterson/Mary Gilmore, $20 John Flynn/Mary Reibey, $50 Edith Cowan/David Unaipon, $100 Nellie Melba/John Monash and $5 Federation Henry Parkes/Catherine Helen Spence. Of course only the normal $5 note has one portrait on the front and none on the back.

The following were some of the names proposed for the new Australian currency back in the 60s when it was converting from Pound Sterling to Decimal - Boomer, the Digger, the Dinkum, the Emu, the Kanga, the Ming, Oz, the Quid, the Roo and Royal. Fortunately, the Dollar won the battle! Just like New Zealand, they too have proposed few other names for their currency, like the fern, kiwi, zeal before they too accepted dollar on 10.07.1967.

09 April 2017

Australia - 2015 Prints

Five Dollars
ND2015
Reverse, DD15 838394 Matching nos
Five Dollars
ND2015
Reverse, DH15 838394 Matching nos
Ten Dollars
ND2015, AA First Prefix
Reverse
Ten Dollars
ND2015, DF Last Prefix
Reverse

08 April 2017

Australia - 2014 Reprints s. Glenn Robert Stevens and Martin Lee Parkinson

Five Dollars
(Not sure if this note is going to be released?). So far none sighted yet. We may not get to see this given that the new series of $5 was issued in 2016.

Fifty Dollars
ND2015
Reverse
One Hundred Dollars

ND2014, P61c
Reverse

10 September 2016

Australia - 2016 $5 Next Generation

This is the new Australia series that was issued on 01.09.2016. Like those first issued in 1992, this note is also printed on plastic, with a round see through window and also another see-through window from top to bottom. The new $5 incorporated new security features which have not been see on an Australian banknote.

The main features for the $5 new banknote remains the same ie the portrait of the Queen, and the Parliament House in the capital city Canberra which was first opened in 1988. As this is a new series, all new banknotes will depict a difference species of Australian wattle and a native bird. For the new $5 banknotes, these are the Prickly Moses (yellow coloured) wattle and a Eastern Spinebill bird.
Also for the first time, the serial numbers are printed with 7 digits and not 6. A new tactile feature, in raised bump, is also added to the upper left side of the note and near the bottom edge too. This feature is to assist those who are affected by vision impairment, telling the difference between denominations of Australian bank notes, along with the bright colours, large and bold numbers, and different sizes for each denominations. Whilst this banknote is to replace the previous polymer series, all banknotes issued since Federation in 1901 are still legal tender. The release of this note is also coincide with the 50th anniversary of Australia converting its currency from Pound Sterling to decimal system (14.02.1966). The dimension of this new note is the same as the previous polymer note (130mm x 65mm).

Five Dollars
ND2016, AA First Prefix
Reverse

Is this how the notes are printed?
AA - AB - AC - AD - AE - AF
AG - AH - AI - AJ - AK - BA
BB - BC - BD - BE - BF - BG
BH - BI - BJ - BK - CA - CB
CC - CD - CE - CF - CG - CH
CI - CJ - CK - DA - DB - DC
DD - DE - DF - DG - DH - DI
DJ - DK - EA - EB - EC - ED
EE - EF - EG - EH - EI - EJ 

Each prefix is printed with 4,063,626 pieces or a total of 219,435,804, with total value of $1,097,179,020.

EJ16 prefix is now confirmed as the last prefix.

I, personally, have not sighted the three prefixes of BF, BH and CK and I am sure these prefixes have been issued as well. There is no reasons to believe they are not. However, it is interesting to see if EK has been printed and will we also seeing prefixes like FA, FB and so on as well? Now the hunt is on the last prefix note. If only we know what the last prefix is.


My earlier comment on the new $5 note

11.02.2016 News - It has now been announced that a new $5 "Wattle" note will be released on 01.09.2016 to coincide with the National Wattle Day. This is the first of the next generation of banknotes which will include a tactile feature for the benefit of those vision-impaired. The new series will retain the same colour, size and the same people that portrayed on the current notes. The release of the $5 will also marks the 50th anniversary of Australia conversion to the decimal currency (14.02.1996). Full details of the note will be released in the middle of the year. 

01 September 2016

Australia Signatures - Glenn Robert Stevens & John A Fraser

Governor; Glenn Robert Stevens [18.9.2006 - 17.9.2016]
Treasurer; John A Fraser (since 15.1.2015)

Five Dollars (New Generation Series)
ND2016
Ten Dollars
ND2015