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.
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.