1988 Australia $10 Bicentennial Issue x 2 - AA 23 Last Prefix

Ten Dollars Bicentennial (Polymer)
R.A.Johnston,Governor,Reserve Bank of Australia B.W. Fraser,Secretary to the Treasury
Serial No.:
AA 23 012092 & AA 23 012093
Renniks No.:
Approx. Grade:
Price : $225.00

1988 Australia $10 Bicentennial Issue x 2 - AA 23 Last Prefix

These two notes are both in their original folders and are both in mint UNC condition.

They have come together through nothing short of pure chance.

One was acquired from a private individual in South Australia and the other from a note dealer in Washington D.C. America.

These were not intentional aquisitions to assemble the sequential pair as it was not until their listing on this site that there was some minor confusion over image labels before we realised we had the sequential pair. Brought together from two different continents. What are the chances of that?

We have not previously seen sequential AA23 notes on offer although they may well exist, so to this end we believe them to be quite a unique and wonderful numismatic investment.

Please see the images.


Design Details and Serial Number Sequence:

The worlds very first polymer banknote. Released in 1988 to celebrate the Bicentennary of Australia. This note had an extremely special featuresbuilt into it as security against forgery being a hologram of Captain James Cook.. It was a world first and makes these notes highly desirable as collectors items. Collectors value numerous variations of this note. due to initial production problems.There were 3 releases of this note due to initial technical difficulties with the production techniques.

The first release AB10 – AB33 (with the first 2 digits of the serial number being either 93, 94 or 96) The note had a thin varnish over the hologram which proved to wear out very quickly. When the problem was identified the printing ceased.

The second release AB10-AB57 (followed by regular serial numbers) used the same prefixes as the first release but did not employ the 93,94,96 sequence after it. When printing resumed on this second run they applied a darker heavier varnish to the note which proved to work a great deal better.

The third release AA00-AA23 were released to the general public in blue coloured Bicentennial Commemorative $10 Note Folder. These are the most common on the market given that more people kept them as momentoes and they did not suffer from the initial printing process errors of the previous two issues.

Obverse:This design included the sailing ship HMS Supply anchored at Sydney Cove with a depiction of the early colonials in the background. These people symbolise all those who have contributed to Australia. From the left we see the early settlers and to right the modern working man.

Reverse: image includes portraits of the native population, the main picture is a young native youth with ceremonial paint, and in the background is a traditional Aboriginal Morning Star Pole also appearing are other Aboriginal artworks also commissioned by the RBA and a human like figure from the Dream Tme.Watermark: 1988 Commemorative note was the first to employ optically variable device of Captain James Cook who first mapped Botany Bay.

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