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1988 Australia $10 Bicentennial Issue AA 23 01 Last Prefix

$115.00 AUD

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Pristine and bank fresh.

This note still in its original folder and in mint UNC condition.

A great investment note as first and last prefix from this series are getting scarcer all the time and hence their values will rise.

Your chance to enhance your portfolio is now.






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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.


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Australia’s first decimal currency notes

First polymer note Security Features on Australia’s Notes

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

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