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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.

25 December 1997

Australia Polymer Notes with Wavy Edges

Don't you hate it that the polymer note in the folder goes wavy almost immediately when you have it removed out of the folder?

Right up to 1996, all notes (NPA folders, joint ventured commemorative sets etc) were all issued in a special folder protected by a plastic sleeve. The note is placed in the sleeve in such a manner that the bottom edge is usually stuck to the glue that hold the sleeves together. It is common knowledge that if you try to remove the note from the sleeve by force, the edge on the note will almost goes wavy or crimps immediately. The wave created on the edge is very unique and it looks more like tiny little equal steps like a flat staircase or it looks like those white keys on a piano. This only affect approximately 5mm deep from the edge of the note. I believe this was due to some chemical reactions between the glue and the plastic note. Once that happened, there is no way you can fixed this. The only way to avoid such problem was to remove the note from the folder immediately when it was first issued or if you were lucky, the note was not touching any of the glue on the sleeve.

You can just leave the note in the original folder, however if you still want to have it removed, follow these simple steps:

1) Remove the note gently from the folder. Do not forcefully rip it out like you are tearing a sheet of plastic. This will only stretch the edge of the polymer note;
2) Immediately place the note in a single banknote sleeve or holder;
3) Sandwich the note with say two strong cardboard. I find using rulers the best. Place bulldog clips over the wavy edge along the note. The cardboard or rulers are to protect the note from any damages or indented marks created from the clips;
4) Leave the note and just wait. Depending on how wavy the the edge is, you may have to leave it as long as you can. In my case, I sometime leave it for months or even longer;
5) If you have previously removed the note and did nothing, this method may not work, as the wave may have already settled in.

All folder notes issued since 1997 do not have this problem. It should be noted that this does not have any effect on any of the paper folder notes issued in any given year. Try it. If it works, great. If not, you still have your money with you LOL! If you know a better way to over come this common problem, please do share it with me.