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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.

18 October 2009

Australia Ten Dollars

Denomination: $10
Date of first release: 1 November 1993
Designer: Max Robinson
Size: 65 mm x 137 mm

Stories Behind The Faces

Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was born on 17 February 1864 in Narranbla, New South Wales. Paterson was a famous bush poet, balladist and journalist. During his life time, he wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing mainly on the rural areas. Paterson was perhaps best remembered for his works on ‘Waltzing Matilda and “The Man from Snowy River. Paterson died on 5 February 1941 in Sydney aged 76.

Dame Mary Jean Gilmore DBE was born on 16 August 1865 at Cotta Walla near Goulburn, New South Wales. Gilmore was a poet, patriot and tireless campaigner against injustice and deprivation in many fields, including the treatment of Aborigines, women, children, old and sick people, and returned servicemen. In 1937, she was awarded the Odere of the British Empire. Gilmore died in 1962 aged 97. In 1973 she was honoured on a postage stamp bearing her portrait issued by the Australian Post.

Other features
* A windmill can be seen from either side. It is surrounded by a transparent area;
* On one side of the note, excerpts from the poem “The Man from Snowy River” are micro-printed in the area surrounding ‘Banjo” Paterson’s portrait. Between each stanza are the words “Ten Dollars”;
* Slightly-raised printing, which can be felt with your fingers, is used for selected parts of the design such as the portraits of Dame Mary Gilmore and “Banjo” Paterson, the word “Australia” and the numeral “10”;
* On the other side, excerpts from the poem “No foe shall gather our harvest” are micro printed around the portrait of Dame Mary Gilmore, with the words “Ten Dollars” repeated between each stanza;
* 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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