Here at Noteworthy Collectibles we love to collect last prefix notes from all series as they are generally the hardest to get.
In general the last prefix is not known until a new series is released or the catalogue for the next year is published.
Finding perfect Uncirculated examples is difficult as they often circulated before people know that they are last prefix notes.
So here in this note we have one of the lucky ones. Fresh, new and unmarked. What a gem.
This note does not have the original blue coloured NPA folder.
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.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.
Despite the move to Sydney Cove, for many years the Australian penal colony would be referred to as “Botany Bay” in England, and in ballads such as “The Fields of Athenry,” by Irish songwriter Pete St. John.
A song named “Botany Bay” was performed in the 1890s, based on older tunes.
A song entitled “The Shores of Botany Bay” was written by Brian Warfield and recorded by The Wolfe Tones in the early 1970s. This satirical song deals with a group of Irishmen volunteering for the transportation process in the hopes of finding wealth in Australia.
In the 1941 historical novel Botany Bay by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, the protagonist, after various adventures and misadventures in England, gets transported to Botany Bay. A movie based on the book starring Alan Ladd and James Mason was shot in 1953.
In the Star Trek universe, the SS Botany Bay is the sleeper ship that Khan Noonien Singh and his genetically modified followers are discovered on by Captain James T. Kirk and crew (the name was retained from an earlier draft of the script, when the ship was a prisoner transport).
The song “Jim Jones at Botany Bay” (aka “Jim Jones”) is about a prisoner who is going to Botany Bay. The song has been recorded several times, including a well-known version by Bob Dylan.
In the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Abel Magwitch refers to returning to England from Botany Bay.
In the book, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge quips ” . . . pack me off to Botany Bay”.
In the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim it is mentioned that Sweeney was sent to Botany Bay by Judge Turpin 15 years prior to the events in the musical.
In The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas refers to Botany Bay as the character Milady sits and ponders her captivity: “it is d’Artagnan who holds her prisoner and is about to send her to some filthy Botany Bay” (an anachronistic metaphor, as events in the book are set over a century before Australia was discovered by Europeans).
In the book, “Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies” by C.S. Forester, Admiral Hornblower exclaims to his wife, Lady Barbara Hornblower, that she could be “sent to Bontany Bay” for helping a marine escape court martial.
*all history taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes