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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.

06 November 2009

Tenure of Governors and Secretaries to the Treasury

Tenure of Reserve Bank Governors and Secretaries to the Treasury (Polymer Notes only)

Robert Johnstone (14.8.82-17.7.89) & Bernie Fraser (17.9.84-17.9.89)
Bernie Fraser (18.9.89-17.9.96) & Tony Cole (14.2.91-23.3.93)
Bernie Fraser (18.9.89-17.9.96) & Ted Evans (10.5.93-16.4.01)
Ian Macfarlane (18.9.96-17.19.06) & Ted Evans (10.5.93-16.4.01)
Ian Macfarlane (18.9.96-17.9.06) & Ken Henry (27.4.01-Now)
Glenn Stevens (since 18.9.06) & Ken Henry (since 27.4.01)

The following is a snap shot of all polymer circulating notes issued since 1992: -

$5 – 1992, ‘93, ‘95, ’96(*), ‘97, ‘98, ‘01(**), ‘02, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 & ‘08
$10 – 1993, ‘94, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘02, ‘03, ‘06, ‘07 & ‘08
$20 – 1994, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘02, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 & ‘08
$50 – 1995, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 & ‘08
$100 – 1996, ‘98, ‘99 & ‘08

(*) - Two notes issued in 1996 with difference Governor’s signature (Bernie Fraser and then Ian Macfarlane)
(**) - Federation commemorative note, one off print only.

- Full set released $5 to $100 in 1996, 1998 and 2008 [excluding collector annual sets].
- No note was issued in 2000.
- Only one note released in 2004 ($50) [excluding 2001 Federation note]

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