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. . . 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.

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.

18 October 2009

Australia Five Dollars

Denomination: $5
Date of first release: 7 July 1992
Designer: Bruce Steward, Chief Designer of NPA
Size: 65 mm x 130 mm

Design Behind The Note

The portrait of Queen Elizabeth the Second. The design of the portrait came from a photograph taken by John Lawrence. Other features of the notes are; -
* Foreground Printing Main Design Features – A slightly raised print that can be felt with the fingers is used for the Queen’s portrait, gum leaves, denomination (numeral and words), legal tender clause, and ‘AUSTRALIA”;
* Background Printing – Multi-coloured, fine-line patterns appear on each side of the note, in flat printing;
* Micro Printing – The words “FIVE DOLLARS” are carefully printed in very small letters and, under magnification, are clearly and sharply defined;
* Coat of Arms – The Australian Coat of Arm can be seen beneath the printing when the note is held up to the light;
* 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.

The main design of the note is the new Australia Parliament on Capital Hill in Canberra. The new Parliament was opened by Queen Elizabeth ll on 9 May 1988. The design also includes the landscape plan of the Parliament building as well as the old Parliament at the bottom of the note. The old parliament was opened in 1927.
Other features are; -
* A gum flower can be seen from either side of the note. It is surrounded by a transparent area;
* A slight raised print that can be felt with the fingers is used for Parliament House, landscape plan, geometric shapes, denomination numeral and “AUSTRALIA”.

The recoloured $5 note (brighter in colour) was released on 24 April 1995.

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