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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.

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.

12 October 2013

1995 $10 Commemorating Centenary of Waltzing Matilda 1895-1995

Joint Issue with Telecom Australia (now Telstra)
Commemorating Centenary of Waltzing Matilda 1895-1995
Prefix “WM’ Red S/N Premium Set with $10 Phone Card
Ten Dollars
ND1995, PNL
$10 Telecom Australia Phone Card
Premium Folder From Cover
Australia $10 Centenary of Waltzing Matilda 1895-1995 commemorative. Like the deluxe issue, this note was issued in a joint venture with Telecom Australia (now Telstra Corporation Limited) celebrating 100th year of Waltzing Matilda. As this is a premium set, the serial number of this note is printed in red. The phone card that came with the folder has a credit value of $10 (worth $10.40). On the back of the phone card it printed with the texts - SPECIAL EDITION COMMEMORATING 100 YEARS OF WALTZING MATILDA 1895 - 1995. This card is only good at those coin/card public payphones in Australia. I am not sure if this is still valid, but one would not expect this to be used, as both the banknote and the card are sealed in the plastic sleeve and can only be removed by breaking the seal. Waltzing Matilda is an Australian folk song and is sometime referred to as ‘the unofficial national anthem of Australia’. The original lyrics were written by Banjo Paterson when he was holidaying at Dagworth Station near the Queensland town of Winton in 1895.

Issue price for the premium set was $195. These folder sets were distributed equally both by NPA and Telecom Australia. The first Premium folder was sold at auction and raised $2,300. Proceeds from the sale was donated to charity. This is the only JV issue between NPA and Telecom Australia.