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2016 Australia Five Dollars Next Generation First Prefix AA16 x 5
What a totally amazing run of five of the first prefix "Next Generation" bank notes.
Five sequential pristine bank notes all of them completely uncirculated.
Truly a superb investment for the future.
The Australian five dollar banknote has the Eurion constellation. A security feature that is little known.
The next time you go to do something nefarious with a printer from work, you might want to think again because your actions might be much more traceable than you think.
Even if you somehow manage to escape leaving the obvious digital footprint that comes from using a printer connected to your work computer, there is a way your actions could be tracked.
What if I told you that laser printers place yellow dots, less than a millimetre in diameter, in a coded pattern on your document.
This pattern, hidden in plain sight, contains the printer’s serial number, and the date and time the documents were printed, making you more accountable than you would like to believe.
So why can’t you see the yellow dots? Despite covering less than one-thousandth of the page, the yellow dots are invisible to the naked eye when placed over a white background unless placed under a blue LED light.
Printed yellow dots are not the only type of steganography — secret codes hidden in plain sight — with a number of examples having long existed in everyday life.
To prevent counterfeiting of money, many bank notes around the world contain a five-point pattern known as the Eurion constellation.
When photocopies or scanners come across this pattern, they are programmed to not make copies.
Microdot technology is even available commercially, with companies like Alpha Dot selling vials of permanent adhesive full of pinhead sized dots. These dots contain a unique serial number in microscopic text, which the police can examine when recovering a stolen item. Some steganography doesn’t even use markings at all, with the whitespaces and tabs at the end of lines on documents sometimes being the code. Security expert Alan Woodward likened locating trailing whitespace in text to finding a polar bear in a snowstorm. “The encoding scheme used by snow relies on the fact that spaces and tabs (known as whitespace), when appearing at the end of lines, are invisible when displayed in pretty well all text viewing programs,” he wrote. “This allows messages to be hidden in ASCII text without affecting the text’s visual representation. And since trailing spaces and tabs occasionally occur naturally, their existence should not be sufficient to immediately alert an observer who stumbles across them.”
Next Generation Five Dollars banknotes released by Reserve Bank of Australia on 1st September 2016.
Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II with Gum Branch
Reverse: Old and New Parliament House, Capital Hill, Canberra
Signatories: Glen Stevens, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia
John Fraser, Secretary to the Treasury
Watermark: The introduction of polymer banknotes saw the end of the customary Watermark. It was replaced with a Variable Optical Security Device in the bottom corner. The clear window [Optical Security Device] contains a stylised gum [eucalyptus] flower.
New security features of the Next generation banknote are:.
A holographic image of an Eastern Spinebill. The eastern spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) which is a species of honeyeater found in south-eastern Australia in forest and woodland areas, as well as some areas of Sydney and Melbourne. It is around 15 cm in length and has a distinctive black, white and chestnut plumage, a red eye, and a long downcurved bill.
There are also yellow Wattle flowers, a native plant to Australia.
A portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II who came to the throne in 1952 and appears with a eucalyptus gum branch.
Image of the new Parliament House and the Forecourt Mosaic, which opened in Canberra in 1988.
Special note: Since the beginning of Australian banknote production it has always been that the First and Last Prefix have always retained a higher value, and rise in value more so than the middle prefixes. These middle prefixes are generally refered to as General Prefixes.
The raw banknote sheet is printed with 6 notes horizontally and 9 notes vertically.
Each note on the sheet has a different prefix of 2 letters and the entire sheet is stamped with the exact same serial number at the time of production.
The entire prefix list is:
EA-EB-EC-ED-EE-EF-EG-EH-EI- Total (54)