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. . . 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.

10 September 2016

Australia - 2016 $5 Next Generation

This is the new Australia series that was issued on 01.09.2016. Like those first issued in 1992, this note is also printed on plastic, with a round see through window and also another see-through window from top to bottom. The new $5 incorporated new security features which have not been see on an Australian banknote.

The main features for the $5 new banknote remains the same ie the portrait of the Queen, and the Parliament House in the capital city Canberra which was first opened in 1988. As this is a new series, all new banknotes will depict a difference species of Australian wattle and a native bird. For the new $5 banknotes, these are the Prickly Moses (yellow coloured) wattle and a Eastern Spinebill bird.
Also for the first time, the serial numbers are printed with 7 digits and not 6. A new tactile feature, in raised bump, is also added to the upper left side of the note and near the bottom edge too. This feature is to assist those who are affected by vision impairment, telling the difference between denominations of Australian bank notes, along with the bright colours, large and bold numbers, and different sizes for each denominations. Whilst this banknote is to replace the previous polymer series, all banknotes issued since Federation in 1901 are still legal tender. The release of this note is also coincide with the 50th anniversary of Australia converting its currency from Pound Sterling to decimal system (14.02.1966). The dimension of this new note is the same as the previous polymer note (130mm x 65mm).

Five Dollars
ND2016, AA First Prefix

Is this how the notes are printed?
AA - AB - AC - AD - AE - AF
AG - AH - AI - AJ - AK - BA
BB - BC - BD - BE - BF - BG
BH - BI - BJ - BK - CA - CB
CC - CD - CE - CF - CG - CH
CI - CJ - CK - DA - DB - DC
DD - DE - DF - DG - DH - DI
DJ - DK - EA - EB - EC - ED
EE - EF - EG - EH - EI - EJ 

Each prefix is printed with 4,063,626 pieces or a total of 219,435,804, with total value of $1,097,179,020.

EJ16 prefix is now confirmed as the last prefix.

I, personally, have not sighted the three prefixes of BF, BH and CK and I am sure these prefixes have been issued as well. There is no reasons to believe they are not. However, it is interesting to see if EK has been printed and will we also seeing prefixes like FA, FB and so on as well? Now the hunt is on the last prefix note. If only we know what the last prefix is.

My earlier comment on the new $5 note

11.02.2016 News - It has now been announced that a new $5 "Wattle" note will be released on 01.09.2016 to coincide with the National Wattle Day. This is the first of the next generation of banknotes which will include a tactile feature for the benefit of those vision-impaired. The new series will retain the same colour, size and the same people that portrayed on the current notes. The release of the $5 will also marks the 50th anniversary of Australia conversion to the decimal currency (14.02.1996). Full details of the note will be released in the middle of the year.