1988 Ten Dollars Bicentennial Issue – AB12 94 – 1st Release

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This note is from the 1st release.

Most of these notes were recalled and production halted due to flaws in the printing process including the hologram peeling off.

Ever since their release these notes have proved to be incredibly popular with collectors.

This one is a pristine example of a note series that was often imperfect.

A solid investment note.

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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 features built 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.

Obverse: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: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 Time.

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

History

While the names of all crew members of Sirus and Supply are known, the six transports and three storeships may have carried as many as 110 more seamen than have been identified – no complete musters have survived for these ships. The total number of persons embarking on the First Fleet would, therefore be approximately 1,530 with about 1,483 reaching Sydney Cove.

Other sources indicate that the passengers consisted of: 10 civil officers, 212 Marines, including officers, an additional 28 wives and 17 children of the marines, 81 free people, 504 male convicts and 192 female convicts; the total number of free people was 348 and the total number of prisoners was 696, coming to a total of 1,044 people.

According to the first census of 1788 as reported by Governor Phillip to Lord Sydney, the white population of the whole colony was 1,030 and the colony also consisted of 7 horses, 29 sheep, 74 swine, 6 rabbits, 7 cattle.

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

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

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