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11.02.2016 News - It has now been announced that a new $5 "Wattle" note will be released on 01.09.2016 to coincide with the National Wattle Day. This is the first of the next generation of banknotes which will include a tactile feature for the benefit of those vision-impaired. The new series will retain the same colour, size and the same people that portrayed on the current notes. The release of the $5 will also marks the 50th anniversary of Australia conversion to the decimal currency (14.02.1996). Full details of the note will be released in the middle of the year.

. . . 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!

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!

26 January 1989

Australia 1998 10th Anniversary of Australia Polymer Notes (Deluxe)

Commemorative - 10 Years of Polymer Banknotes in Australia
Only 2500 (Red & Black S/N) Folders issued
AB Prefix and Dated 26 January 1998
Ten Dollars, Dated 26 January 1988
AA Prefix

Folder Front Cover
Red S/N (Qty 1000) A$85
Black S/N (Qty 1500) A$49

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