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The Mighty Polymer Banknotes

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Some 8 months after the release of decimal currency in Australia, large numbers of $10 bank notes were found in circulation that had been counterfeited using normal office paper. In total some $140,000 in fake notes were recovered before it was realized that a better solution needed to be found to protect the monetary system against forgery. One would have to scratch ones head and wonder at the chances of the forged note in question being the same as the one that bears the portrait of a convicted forger Francis Howard Greenway. Due to the increasing sophistication of techniques used…

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Parkes Lays The Foundation Stone Of Australia

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So here in the next Noteworthy Collectibles profile of people whose faces appear on our Australian banknotes we take the time to look at a very interesting man indeed. He is better known as, “The Father of Federation” and his name is Sir Henry Parkes. He is commemorated on our Five Dollar polymer note and in keeping with his Father Christmas type looks he truly gave our country one of its greatest gifts, political stability through Federation of our disparate States. This in turn enabled Australia to become one nation and to move forward in to the 20th century as…

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Predecimal Currency in Australia

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Did you ever wonder why at school they taught us the 1-12x tables? I often used to wonder about this as I thought that 1-10x tables were enough or if you were going to learn up to the 12x table then why not 13 of higher as well. I believe that I know now the answer to this rationale. It lies in the fact that the old pre-decimal currency that Australia used was based around a system of 12 on the lower denominations of coins. I can recall the moment in my primary school math class when everything that was…

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The Australian Father Of Blitzkrieg

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blitz·krieg (blĭts’krēg’) n. A swift, sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces. war conducted with great speed and force; specifically : a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination. German : Blitz , lightning (from Middle High German blitze , from bliczen , to flash , from Old High German blekkazzen; see in Indo-European roots + Krieg , war (from Middle High German kriec , from Old High German krēg , stubbornness . The man on our One Hundred Dollar note not only has a very fine handlebar mustache he…

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