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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.

03 May 2014

1995 Annual Premium Red Serial Numbers Set

Five Dollars
ND1995, Premium Red
Ten Dollars
ND1995, Premium Red
Twenty Dollars
ND1995, Premium Red
Front Covers
Australia 1995 NPA annual Premium full set (Red Serial Nos set). This is the second set of the series, after the first issue in 1994 which comprises of the $5 and $10 notes. This set comes in three notes, $5, $10 and $20 and all printed with red matching serial numbers. A total sets of 1,000 were printed but as usual only 900 sets were released to the public with the remaining 100 sets retained by the bank's archive. These folder sets were sold separately but back then when you purchased them in full set you can request them with matching serial numbers. The original issue price for these folders were $50 for the $5, $65 for the $10 and $85 for the $20. Despite only 900 sets were made available to the public, the demand for these notes were not as good as compared to those Deluxe sets (black serial nos). Until now, you can still be able to find them selling at a fairly reasonable price. When come to demand for Premium sets, Australia does not always follow the rest of the world. Low quantity does not necessary resulted in higher in demand as collectors are looking for value for money and reasonable pricing too, like the Deluxe set. Based on what I have observed for many years, not many dealers are also willing to stock such products either, mostly due to poor in demand by collectors or the lack of interest in such numismatic products. The number one premium set was sold at an auction for $3,000. Proceeds from the sale was donated to a charity organisation.