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How can you tell if you have a fake or counterfeit polymer banknote? You can do this simple trick. Crush the banknote with your palm like squeezing it into a ball and then let it go immediately. The note should spring back immediately. If not, then you may have a fake note in your hand.

. . . a complete collection of all Australian polymer notes (single note) issued since 1988, including all commemorative/numimatic notes, joint issues and special serial numbered issues. The only set that I do not have, at the moment, is the 1998 $10 Portraits AA98/AB98 (with or without frame). The $10 Portrait set 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 for me and that was why I didn't buy them. It was NPA intention then to release all portrait sets on a yearly basis starting with the $10 note and collectors were also given the opportunity to get them all with matching serial numbers too. Unfortunately this was not the case.

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.

01 October 2013

Australia 1988-1998 10th Anniversary of Australia Polymer Note (Premium Folder)

Commemorative - 10 Years of Polymer Banknotes in Australia (Premium Folder)
Red Serial Folder (1000 sets issued)
Ten Dollars
Dated 1988
Reverse
 Ten Dollars
Dated 26 January 1998
Reverse
Front Cover
Red S/N (Qty 1000) A$85
Black S/N (Qty 1500) A$49

This is a commemorative Premium folder issued in 1998 to celebrate Australia 10th year of Australia Polymer notes. This folder contained a 1988 $10 commemorative note and a 1998 $10 note (overprinted with 26 January 1998) with red serial numbers. Australia first issued a $10 polymer note in 1988 commemorating 200th year of British settlement in Australia (1788 to 1988). In 1992, Australia commenced introducing it's first circulating polymer note of $5 and subsequently released the rest of the denominations on a yearly basis with one note each per year starting from the lowest denomination to the highest. The last note of $100 was released in 1996. Two versions of these folders were released - Premium and Deluxe. These are distinguished by the colour of the serial numbers, with Red as Premium set and black as Deluxe set. These were sold for $85 and $49 per set respectively. Only 2,500 sets issued with 1,000 sets as Premium and the rest as Deluxe.