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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 Twenty Dollars

Denomination: $20
Date of first release: 31 October 1994
Designer: Gary Emery
Size: 65 mm x 144 mm

Stories Behind The Faces

Obverse
Mary Reibey who came to the colony of New South Wales in October 1792 as a convict barely 15 years-old. At the age of 17 she married Thomas Reibey who became a successful businessman in cargo and shipping. When Thomas Reibey died in 1811 Mary assumed sole responsibility for his numerous enterprises as well as caring for their seven children. By then a wealthy woman, she continued to expand her business interests, acquiring extensive property holdings (including a building in George Street Sydney, featured on the note) and extending her shipping operations, (the ‘Mercury”, one of her ship, is also depicted on the note). Mary also gained wide respect for her numerous charity works and interest in the church and education. She died in 1855.

Reverse
Reverend John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, who was instrumental in setting up the Australian Inland Mission. Keenly aware of the isolation of people living in inland Australia, Flynn believed that a “mantle of safety” could be created by the establishment of an aerial metical services and by the introduction of radio communication. Depicted on the note is a stylized pedal ireless and a medical body chart used by people of the outback to describe by radio the location of an illness or injury. Despite many set backs, Flynn’s dream became a reality. In 1928, the DeHavilland 50 aircraft “Victory” as shown on the note) answered the first call received by the Aerial Medical Service, which was later to become known as the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. Flynn’s vision finally led to the establishment of thirteen flying doctors based around Australia which today spread a “mantle of safety” across 6.9 millions square kilometers or 80% of the Australian continent. Flynn died in 1951.

Other features
* Clear window surrounding a printed image of a compass;
* Raised print, which can be felt, is used for the portrait;
* Microprinting incorporated in the design on either side of the note;
* Intricate multi coloured, fine line patterns;
* When the note is held up to the light, a seven-pointed star within a circle is formed; and the Australian Coat of Arms is visible underneath other printing, similar to a watermark on paper notes.

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