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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.

04 February 2011

Australia $50 - First Polymer Issue Portfolio

Fifty Dollars, Dated 4.10.1995 P54a
1,000 Sets Issued
Commemorating First Issue AA95 000 787Reverse (date of issue printed in red)
Fifty Dollars, ND1993 Commemorating Last Paper Issue P47i
This is a pair of $50 released in 1995 to mark the end of the $50 paper note and the beginning of the polymer series. Both notes are signed by Bernie Fraser and Ted Evans. Both notes have red serial numbers and an overprint date of "4 October 1995" imprinted on the back of the polymer note. The interesting about this paper note is that, not only did it features red serial numbers, but also for the first and only time that the serial numbers format of AA95 is used. All previous paper notes issued were printed with the 3 letters prefix. One thousand sets printed but only 900 sets were issued to the public with the first 100 sets retained by the Reserve Bank.

Unfortunately I purchased these notes without the hard cover folder. Both notes are in UNC condition.