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. . . 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/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.

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

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
Front Folder

09 April 2017

Australia - 2015 Prints

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