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1988 Australia $10 Bicentenary Issue AA23101580 Last Prefix

$110.00 AUD

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Another really lovely example here of this final prefix from 1988. Clean, bank fresh and totally unmarked. This note is in pristine mint UNC condition.

A super portfolio note as the first and last prefixes from this series really are getting scarcer and more valuable all the time..

Your collection will look a whole lot better with this key note in it.

This note does not have the original blue coloured NPA folder.






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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.1988 Commemorative note.

Obverse design included the sailing ship HMS Supply anchored at Sydney Cove with the early colony in the background. Above are people who symbolise all who have contributed to Australia, from left the early settlers 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 Morning Star Pole, other Aboriginal artworks commissioned by the Bank and a human like figure from the Dream time.

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


The folder notes became available on 8th July, 1988

John Hunter (29 August 1737 – 13 March 1821) was an officer of the Royal Navy, who succeeded Arthur Phillip as the second governor of New South Wales, Australia and served as such from 1795 to 1800. His sketches form the basis for the Sydney Cove illustration on this $10 commemorative bank note.

Both a sailor and a scholar, he explored the Parramatta River as early as 1788, and was the first to surmise that Tasmania might be an island. As governor, he tried to combat serious abuses by the military in the face of powerful local interests led by John MacArthur. Hunter’s name is commemorated in historic locations such as Hunter Valley and Hunter Street, Sydney.

The expedition arrived in Port Jackson in January 1788. Hunter led an expedition to explore the Parramatta River early in 1788. This expedition explored and made soundings as far as Iron Cove, Five Dock Bay and Hen and Chicken Bay on the Parramatta River. The Sir William Dixson Research Library at the State Library of New South Wales holds the original copy of the chart of the expedition, entitled “Chart of the coasts and harbours of Botany-Bay, Port-Jackson and Broken-Bay, as survey’d by Capt.n John Hunter of H.M.S. Sirius”. The expedition was significant because it may have marked the first contact to take place between the British and the Indigenous owners of the land, the Wangal Clan, in 1788. William Bradley’s log says that this contact took place while Hunter was having breakfast and is remembered in the name of the suburb, Breakfast Point.

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