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NextGen Series - With the $5 second polymer series released on 01.09.2016, the next note is scheduled to release will be the $10 note. This note will be issued on 01.09.2017. The signature for the new $10 will be signed by Philip Lowe (Governor) and John A Fraser (Secretary to the Treasury).

. . . 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/-, $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.

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.

18 October 2009

Australia Fifty Dollars

Donomination: $50
Date of first release: 4 November 1995
Designer: Brian Sadgrove
Size: 65 mm x 151 mm

Stories Behind The Faces

Obverse
David Unaipon was an inventor and Australia first published Aboriginal writer. A Ngarrindjeri man, Unaipon was born at the Point McLeay Mission in South Australian 1872, the fourth of nine children. An avid reader, he displayed a tremendous thirst for knowledge from an early age. He researched many engineering problems leading to a number of his own inventions – the best known being an improved handpiece for shearing, which he patented in 1909. He believed that the aerodynamics of the boomerang could be applied to aircraft and predicted the development of the helicopter. In 1920’s, Unaipon became the first Aboriginal writer to be published, and many of his early articles and other writings were included in “Myths and Legends of the Australian Aboriginals” in 1930. Other articles, poetry and legends by Unaipon were published through the following decades. Unaipon was a prominent spokesperson for Aboriginal people. He influenced government policy, spoke out against racism and for equal rights and “sympathetic co-operation” between whites and blacks. Unaipon was awarded a Coronation Medal in 1953 for his achievements. He died in 1969.

Reverse
Edith Cowan is best remembered as a social worker and the first female member of an Australian Parliament. She was born in 1861, at Glengarry near Geraldton in Western Australia. After a tragic childhood, Edith Dircksey Brown married James Cowan in 1879. Her husband’s work as a police magistrate gave her insights to the problem of women and children at that time. Throughout her life, she was involved in many voluntary organisations and worked towards important reforms for women, children and migrants. She was a firm believer in the power of education. In 1909 she helped found the Women’s Service Guild, which advocated equal rights of citizenship for men and women. Cowan was also a founding member of the Children’s Protection Society, which was instrumental in establishing day nurseries and the Children’s Court. She was one of the first women appointed to the bench of this Court in 1915. In 1921, Cowan was elected to the Legislative Assembly in Western Australia, becoming Australia first female parliamentarian. In 1923, she introduced the Women’s Legal Status Act, enabling women to enter civil office and practice law. For her various activities, including her role with the Red cross during World War l, she was awarded the OBE in 1920. Cowan died in 1932. In recent time, a federal electorate and university have been named after her.

Other features
* The clear window, which is slighter larger than the $5, $10 and $20, has a stylized image of the Southern Cross printed in it, along with embossing of the number “50”;
* When the back of the note is looked at under ultraviolet light, the two serial numbers – one printed in blue, the other in black – fluoresce, and the number “50” in a patch becomes visible;
* The orientation bands on the top and bottom of the note are intended to assist in note sorting.
* When the note is held up to the light, a seven-pointed star within a circle is formed, by four points on one side of the note, combining perfectly with three points on the other.

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