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1988 Australia Ten Dollars Bicentennial Issue – AA08x3

$95.00 AUD

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Here we have three notes all in mint UNC condition from the 3rd public release.

These 3 notes do not have the blue folder and are non consecutive.

AA 08 093 286

AA 08 093 314

AA 08 093 318

They are a lovely example from this period and and nice addition to any collection.

Enjoy a discount by buying 3 at once.





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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.

This design included the sailing ship HMS Supply anchored at Sydney Cove with a depiction of the early colonials in the background. These people symbolise all those who have contributed to Australia. From the left we see the early settlers and 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 traditional Aboriginal Morning Star Pole also appearing are other Aboriginal artworks also commissioned by the RBA and a human like figure from the Dream Tme.


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


These first polymer banknotes all had plate identification letters or ‘PIL’. The PILs were all located in the under the foliage of the top of the third tree from the left on the obverse of the notes. the polymer notes were printed in sheets of 24 (4 x 6). PILs appeared on all issues in the Johnston – Fraser note series, AA 00 to AA 23 (folders with dates) as well as the general circulating AB series, AB 10 to AB 57. The PIL D was used for all AA00 and V was used for the last prefix AA23.  The letters I and W were not used.

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