1988 Australia Ten Dollars Bicentennial - AB23

Ten Dollars Bicentennial
R.A.Johnston / B.W. Fraser
Serial No.:
AB23 833409
Renniks No.:
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Price : $42.50

1988 Australia Ten Dollars Bicentennial - AB23

Perfect for investment and a good addition for the collector this series. 

These second release notes were much improved over the forerunner.  

This note has signs of handling and a light fold. the reverse hologram also shows some signs of buckling.

The hologram had been stabilised and the coating upgraded to a better material.

A note that will steadily gain value in the years to come.

The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The removals occurred in the period between approximately 1909 and 1969, although in some places children were still being taken until the 1970s.

Documentary evidence, such as newspaper articles and reports to parliamentary committees, suggest a range of rationales. Motivations evident include child protection, beliefs that given their catastrophic population decline after white contact that Aboriginal people would die out, and a fear of miscegenation by full-blooded Aboriginal people.

*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.

The world’s 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.


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


Reverse 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 Time.


1988 Commemorative note was the first to employ optically variable device of Captain James Cook who first mapped Botany Bay.

*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.

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