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. . . a complete collection of all Australian polymer notes (single note) issued since 1988, including all commemorative/numimatic 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). The $10 Portrait set 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 for me 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 the case.

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/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 - 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.

Update: The new $50 has been revealed on 15.02.2018 and will be issued in October 2018. It is believed that the $50 is released first before the $20 is due to current counterfeiting of the $50 circulating in the economy. It is expected that the new $20 will be released in 2019 and the $100 in 2020.

25 March 2018

Australia - 1988 Bicentenary Coins and Banknotes Portfolio Album

This was the first joint ventured issue between Note Printing Australia (NPA) and the Royal Australian Mint (RAM). This album consists of three proof coins ($2, $5 and $10) and three uncirculated notes of $2, $5 (both paper) and a $10 polymer 1998 commemorative dated note. The $10 polymer note was a one off commemorative issue. The $2 note featured the last prefix of LQG. The bank ceased printing the $2 paper note in 1988 following the released of the new $2 coin and in 1992 ceased issuing the paper $5 note when the first $5 polymer note was released. A total sets of 25,000 were released to the public at $120 each per set. Instead of printing separate certificate for each album, the set number for per set was taken from the serial number of the $5 note. In this case, this is set no 9,808 of 25,000 sets. The NPA/RAM retained the first 20 sets for their own archives and 4,980 sets with serial numbered ranging from 000021 to 005000 were sold at the International Coins and Banknotes Fair in Melbourne. Needless to say the lowest number one can buy was the set number 000021. The remaining 20,000 sets were sold via mail listing orders. It should be noted that there is nothing special about this unless you are also a coins collector. The serial numbers on the notes are not matching nor they are specially printed in other colours either. The notes are normal circulating type and neither of the them has any special letter prefixes or commemorative text printed on it except that you get the last prefix paper note for the $2. Unfortunately this was not the case for the $5 note as at the time of the release, the $5 was still the current series then and the first $5 note was not issued until 1992. The last prefix for the $5 paper note series is QPG (RA Johnston/BW Fraser). This is just one of the many joint ventured numismatic products issued by NPA & RAM and in my opinion this issue was not a successful one either. It was never my intention to get this set until now as it has no special purpose, apart from paying a high premium for the folder and cover materials. Despite after 20 years since it was first released, you can still get this set at issued price or even less depending on your luck. In all, a total of 4 joint issues were released by NPA/RAM since 1988.

Folder Front Cover




Footnote/Opinion: -
In my opinion, this is not worth buying unless you have big ego like me. There is nothing special at all for this set if you are a banknotes collector. However I am not sure about the coins. Only a serious coins collector can tell you this.

18 November 2017

Australia - 2017 $10 Next Generation Series

This is the second of the Next Generation series - $10.

Like the previous $10 note, the new note retained the two portraits of writers Dame Mary Gilmore and Banjo Paterson. In keeping with the tradition, the front of the note is printed with a portrait of a female and a male on the back and this rotates on each denominations upward. All serial numbers are printed on the back. The $5 note is the only denomination that does not have a portrait on the back. Also the new series only have one set of serial number and not two as compared to previous polymer issues since 1992.

The new note has the following features: -

• A rolling colour effect when the banknote is tilted;
• Top to bottom clear window;
• An image of the nib of a pen to represent both writers works;
• A flying cockatoo that will move its wings and change colour when the note is titled;
• A sulphur-crested cockatoo;
• A reversing number 10, which changes within the homestead on the note;
• An interpretation of the Bramble Wattle.
• Two raised bumps on each of the long edges of the banknote, which work as a tactile feature;
• A portrait of Banjo Paterson is based on a photograph taken in 1900;
• The designer’s interpretation of a horseman from the era of Paterson’s writing;
• Tiny parts of text in multiple locations on the banknote that includes excerpts from The Man from Snowy River; and
• A cockatoo and wattle branch printed with fluorescent ink and visible under UV light.

Ten Dollars
ND2017, P63a
Reverse

20 September 2017

Australia Signatures - Philip Lowe and John A Fraser

Governor - Philip Lowe [since 18.09.2016]
Treasurer - John A Fraser [since 15.01.2015] (17th Secretary to the Treasury)

26 July 2017

Australia - 2016 New Series Two Notes Folder Issue

This is a disappointing issue. The notes came with this folder are just ordinary notes with normal prefixes and yet it was sold at twice the face value. I wished they would have done it like those collector sets issued in the 90s with special prefix or the serial numbers printed in red etc. Even the issue date added to the note would be nice too.

Five Dollars (ND2015)
ND2015, P57d
Reverse, Matching Serial Nos
Five Dollars (New Series)
ND2016, P62a
Reverse
Front Folder