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Australian ten dollar note(Second series)

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Size: 137 x 65mm
Paper type: Polymer
Main colour: Blue

Australian 10 dollar note front Australian ten dollar note back

The Australian 10 dollar note was issued when the currency was changed from the Australian pound to the Australian dollar on 14 February 1966, it replaced the 5 pound note which had the same blue colouration. There have been three different issues of this denomination, a paper note, a commemorative 1988 polymer note to celebrate the bicentennial of Australian settlement (the first polymer banknote of its kind), and from 1993 a polymer note.

Since the start of issue of $10 notes, there have been eleven signature combinations, of which the 1967 issue is the most valued. It was issued for one year only, along with the Coombs/Wilson issue of 1966.

From 1966-1974 the main title identifying the country was Commonwealth of Australia; there were 470,000,000 notes issued in this period. This was subsequently changed to Australia until the end of issue of paper currency for this denomination in 1993, with 1,265,959,091 of these notes being printed. In the 1988 polymer issue 17,500,000 banknotes were printed.

According to Reserve Bank of Australia statistics, in the end of June 2015 there were 116 million $10 notes in circulation, with a net value of $1161 million. This was 2% of the cash value of all banknotes in circulation, and 9% of the number of all notes in circulation.

In 2014/15 around 66 counterfeit 10 Australian dollar banknotes, with a nominal value of $660, were detected in circulation.

Security Features:

For detailed visualization of security features go to 50 Australian dollar note

  1. A clear window which has a stylised windmill printed in it, along with embossing of a wave pattern (both can be seen from either side of the banknote).

  2. When the note is held up to the light, a seven pointed star within a circle is formed, by four points on one side of the banknote, combining perfectly with three points on the other.

  3. When the note is held to the light also, an image of the Australian Coat of Arms can be seen under other printing.

  4. Slightly raised printing, that can be felt with your fingers, is used for selected parts of the design such as the portraits of Dame Mary Gilmore and 'Banjo' Paterson, the word 'Australia' and the numeral '10'.

  5. On one side of the Australian dollar note, excerpts from the poem The Man from Snowy River are microprinted in the area surrounding 'Banjo' Paterson's portrait and can be seen with the aid of a magnifying glass. Between each stanza are the words 'TEN DOLLARS'.

  6. On the other side, excerpts from the poem No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest are microprinted around Dame Mary Gilmore and can be seen with the aid of a magnifying glass. Between each stanza are the words 'TEN DOLLARS'.

  7. Intricate multi-coloured fine-line patterns and images appear on each side.

  8. The serial number of each Australian 10 dollar note is printed twice in blue on the back of the banknote. A different font is used for each serial number. The alpha prefix of two letters is followed by two numerals representing the year of the production, followed by a further six numerals. Under ultra-violet light, the serial numbers fluoresce.