Friday, July 17, 2009

Ships on Banknotes - 006 - Australia $10 polymer (1988)

Date of Issue: January 26, 1988

This is a limited issue commemorative polymer note produced and issued only during 1988, by the Note Printing Branch of the Reserve Bank of Australia, R.A. Johnston.

The note is the first of its kind in the world in that it is printed on polymer(plastic) incorporating technology devised and developed in Australia.

Notes from the limited first print run bear the prefix AA and are imprinted “26 January 1988″. These features will distinguish them from subsequent prints of the note : serial prefix AB.

The note shows the ship “HMS Supply” anchored at Sydney cove. The people shown symbolize all who have contributed to Australia, from left the early settlers to right the modern working man. The “Supply” and its ten sister ships of the First Fleet left Portsmouth, England for Botany Bay on May 13, 1787. All the fleet arrived at Botany Bay by January 20, 1788 but it was regarded as unsuitable for settlement Six days later a settlement was established at Sydney Cove.

This issue includes a optically variable device of Captain James Cook who first mapped Botany Bay.

Source: Wikipedia and

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