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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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Race Your Roo!

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Racing Roos was a past time that used to take place in Australia whilst the one dollar banknote was still in circulation. The game of “Racing Roos”, generally occurred at pubs and parties.  All the original one dollar decimal banknotes featured a metal thread running through the note from top to bottom as a security feature. Placement of the thread varied on different print runs hence some would be in the middle, some a bit to the left of centre and some a bit to the right. Some notes even had what was refered to as a side thread which…

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