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

. . . 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.

11 July 1993

First Prefix for $5 Denomination

Do you ever wondered why the $5 notes are all printed with the BA letters as first prefix since 1993? Here is the reason as to why: -

1) The $5 denomination was first introduced in 1992;
2) When it was first issued, the notes were printed with prefixes commencing with AA00, AA01, AA02 to AA99 and then with the last prefix of AB19;
3) Year Date series only commenced in 1993;
4) When the Year Date series was adopted in 1993, the Reserve Bank decided not to repeat the AA93 for the $5 note as this prefix has already been used in 1992. In doing so, there will be a repeat of same serial numbers for the same design of notes which have already been used in the previous year;
5) To avoid any confusion, they decided to adopt BA93 as the first prefix for the 1993 issue instead;
6) Since then all $5 first prefixes have been printed with BA;
6) However in 1995 for the re coloured series, they did printed the $5 with AA95 first prefix. Not sure why, but in 1996 reprints, it reverted back to BA96 as first prefix;
6) Whilst BA was the first prefix, all annual numismatic products including the $5 denomination were printed with AA prefix. Serial numbers for these issues were printed both in red and black colour.