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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.

31 October 2009

Australia 2008 prints

2008 Last Prefix Set $5 to $100
It is exiting time again for Australian polymer collectors to see that for the first time since 1999 we have a complete set of polymer notes released from the 2008 prints. The 2008 release is also the first time that we have both the signatures of Governor Glenn Stevens and the Secretary to the Treasure Dr Ken Henry appeared on all 5 denominations.

The last time a $100 note was issued was back in 1999. Like all notes printed since 2002, the new $100 is also modified to include the names of both Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba imprinted on the note. Needless to say this note will get a new reference catalogue number.

In Australia, the first and last prefix notes are well sought after by most collectors. Whilst it is believed that most letter prefixes are printed approx. between 500,000 to one million pieces each, it has come to our attention that less than 50,000 pieces of the $50 last prefix were printed for the 2008 run. With such a low quantity printed for the $50 note last prefix, hopefully we will see the value of this note appreciated faster than any other first and last prefix notes printed for the 2008 series.

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