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1991-3 $10 Australia Last and First NPA Folder - Purple OvPT
This a delightful NPA note folder released to mark the passing from paper notes to polymer notes. It contains 2 notes.
The paper note with Fraser and Cole signatures (R313a) and the polymer note with Fraser and Evans signatures (R316a) and the special puple date overprint '01 November 1993'.
Respective catalogue values are $60 and $65 for the regular series. The dated OvPT polymer note with very low serial numbering being a much more prized specimen of the first release.
The folder is printed with imagery from Banjo Pattersons, "The Man From Snowy River". This folder is a wonderful addition to any collection and is a rock solid investment piece.
The Australian ten dollar banknote was issued when the currency was changed from the Australian pound to the Australian dollar on 14 February 1966; it replaced the £5 note which had the same blue colouration. There have been three different issues of this denomination, a paper banknote, a commemorative 1988 polymer note to celebrate the bicentennial of Australian settlement (the first polymer banknote of its kind), and from 1993 a polymer banknote.
According to Reserve Bank of Australia statistics, in 2006/2007 there were 89.4 million $10 notes in circulation, with a net value of $894 million. This was 2.2% of the cash value of all notes in circulation, and 9.9% of the number of all notes in circulation.
Since the start of issue of $10 notes, there have been eleven signature combinations, of which the 1967 issue is the most valued. It was issued for one year only, along with the Coombs/Wilson issue of 1966.
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only
Design Details $10 Paper:
Obverse: Francis Howard Greenway (20 November 1777 – September 1837) was an iconic colonial architect in Australia.
Reverse: Henry Lawson (17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922) was an Australian writer and poet . Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period, and is often called Australia's "greatest writer".
Design Details $10 Polymer:
Obverse: Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941) was a famous Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood. Paterson's more notable poems include "Waltzing Matilda", "The Man from Snowy River" and "Clancy of the Overflow".
Reverse: Dame Mary Jean Gilmore DBE (16 August 1865 – 3 December 1962) was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist. In 1890, Gilmore moved to Sydney, where she became part of the "Bulletin school" of radical writers. Although the greatest influence on her work was Henry Lawson it was A. G. Stephens, literary editor of The Bulletin, who published her verse and established her reputation as a fiery radical poet, champion of the workers and the oppressed.
Watermark:With the introduction of the new polymer banknotes we saw the end of the customary watermark. It was replaced with a Variable Optical Security Device in the bottom corner.