1988 Ten Dollars Bicentennial Issue x 2 – AB20 93


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The world’s very first polymer banknote. Released in 1988 to celebrate the Bicentennary of Australia.

This note from the very first series of the 1998 $10 banknotes. 

 The bottom of the two notes has been miscut which was an early problem encountered in processing the very slippery polymer note sheets.

You can see the thin line of selvidge along the underside making this pair even more highly collectible.

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.

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In an important and beautiful “Morning Star Ceremony”, the earthly Yolngu people communicate with their ancient ancestors living on Baralku, or island of the dead, with the help of Banumbirr together with a “Morning Star Pole”.

This ceremony takes place at dusk and then continues throughout the night, finally reaching a climax when Banumbirr rises a few hours before dawn. Banumbirr is said to trail a faint rope behind her along which the Yolngu messages are sent, and this rope prevents her from ever moving away from the Sun. The faint line in the sky is probably caused by zodiacal light, which is caused by clouds of extraterrestrial dust trapped in the plane of the solar system.

Often it is difficult to see for the majority us due to polluted skies however it is easily visible in the clear dark skies and low latitude of Arnhem Land.

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