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How can you tell if you have a fake or counterfeit polymer banknote? You can do this simple trick to find out. First simply crush the banknote with your palm like squeezing it into a ball and then let it go immediately. The note should springs back immediately. If not, then you may have a fake note in your hand.

Here I have a complete collection of all Australian polymer notes (single note) issued since 1988, including all commemorative / numismatic notes, joint issues and special serial numbered issues. The only set that I do not have, at the moment, is the 1998 $10 Portraits AA98/AB98 (with or without frame). This $10 Portrait set was a failure at that time and the series was later withdrew as it was not popular among collectors. The price was not right then for me too and that was why I didn't buy them. It was NPA intention then to release all portrait sets on a yearly basis starting with the $10 note and collectors were also given the opportunity to get them all with matching serial numbers too. Unfortunately this was not to be the case.

Did you know that the Australia first 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 / Parliament House, $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.

Also did you know that, 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 (converted on 14.02.1966) - 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 had proposed few other names for their currency, like the Fern, Kiwi, Zeal before they too accepted dollar on 10.07.1967.

08 November 2019

Australia - 2019 Print


The Reserve Bank of Australia

This is the fourth issue of the Next Generation of polymer notes series. This note was released on 09.10.2019. As expected, AA19 is the first prefix. However we are not sure what the last prefix is yet.

The main features for this new series is basically the same as the last issue;-

*Mary Reibey - she came to Australia as a convict from England. Her crime was for stealing a horse in August 1791 and was sentenced to 7 years transportation and arrived in Sydney in 1792. She soon earned a reputation as an astute and successful businesswoman running shipping and trading enterprises. She was known for her support of charity, religion and education. Her story is told through an image of a Port Jackson schooner in Sydney Cove in the early 1800s. It's similar to the type she once owned. Beside it is a traditional Eora nowie (canoe). Aboriginal women fishing from these vessels were a common sight on the harbour in Reibey's time.

*John Flynn John Flynn - pioneered the world's first aerial medical service in 1928. The aim was to spread a 'mantle of safety' across 7.65 million square kilometers of outback. Today, we know this as the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). It's still the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical emergency and healthcare service in the world. His stories are told through a RFDS De Havilland aircraft leaving a remote Broken Hill homestead in 1948 and a pedal-powered transceiver used by the service to improve communication in remote areas.

Twenty Dollars
Many notes with EA19 have been offered for sales as the last prefix of this new series. However we will not know until sometime early next year to confirm this. As per the last issue ($50 ND2018) many notes with EA18 prefix were sold as the last prefix. Unfortunately, this was not the case as we all now know that IB18 is in deed the last print. Many sellers will tell you that this was due to the reprint for this series and I really doubt this was the case. I believe the bank may have just simply released them in stages as many of these $50 would have been printed then. The $50 note is the most popular denomination circulating in the country and the bank has been reprinting this domination since it was first issued in 1995, except for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2015. No other denominations have been printed or reprinted so many times as the $50.

Coming back to this new $20 note, whether the EA19 is the last prefix or not, time will tell. However given the history of the $20 denomination, this is not a very popular note and the last time it was reprinted was in 2013 (AA13 - DA13) and before that was in 2010 (AA10 - DA10). Therefore it may be possible that this EA19 could be the last prefix, after all, this Next Gen series is printed with 7 digits, one more digit from the previous series.

21 October 2019

Australia - $20 Next Gen Series

Hi Collectors

If you are not from Australia and you are looking for the new $20 ND2019 notes, in folder of one or two notes, please feel free to contact me as I am able to assist you. In addition to this, I also have few spares for the $50 ND2018 in AA prefix as well. All notes are in UNC condition.


09 September 2019

Australia Signatures - Philip Rowe and Philip Gaetjens

Governor - Philip Lowe [since 18.09.2016]
Treasurer - Philip Gaetjens [01.08.2018-02.09.2019] (18th Secretary to the Treasury)

01 July 2019

Australia - 2016 Prints


This is the last print for the polymer first series. This note was first introduced in 1995 and then with minor modification in 2003. The $50 is the only denomination printed/issued almost very year since 1995 with the exception of 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2015. None were printed between 2000 to 2002 as NPA had printed a large quantity in 1999 in case the country encountered the Y2K/Millennium bug. Needless to say this is the most popular denomination circulating in the economy in the country.

Fifty Dollars
ND2016, First Prefix AA
Fifty Dollars
ND2016, Last Prefix DA
Fifty Dollars
ND2016, Normal Prefix