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10 Dollars Bicentenary of European Settlement

10 Dollars (Bicentenary of European Settlement) -  obverse10 Dollars (Bicentenary of European Settlement) -  reverse

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Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Commemorative note
Year 1988
Value 10 Dollars
10 AUD = 7.05 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Polymer
Size 155 × 77.5 mm
Shape Rectangular
References P# 49
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.

Commemorative issue

Bicentennial of Settlement in Australia


Sailing ship "Supply" with landscape (Sydney Cove) in background
Row of various people
Bust of Capt. James Cook in upper corner in OVD.

BW Fraser
R Johnston

Designer: Harry Williamson


Aboriginal youth wearing body painting
Ancient rock paintings and hand stencils
Ceremonial Morning Star pole which is the work of Aboriginal artist Yumbulul. Some original works commissioned by the Reserve Bank from Aboriginal artists have been used to create background patterns.


Designer: Harry Williamson


Commemorative $10 Note issued for the Bi-Centenary of European Settlement in 1988.
Australia's first polymer banknote. This note had an OVD (Optically Variable Device) image of Captain Cook.
The first printing of this note is identified by the numbers 93, 94 or 96 in the 3rd and 4th place of the serial number from the left.
Collector notes issued in folders by the NPA began with AA in the serial number and were overprinted with the date in blue  26 JANUARY 1988
Staff folders were in a greyish colour and had two notes consecutively numbered side by side.
The Bicentenary Coin & Note Collection contained proof coins $2, 5 and a silver $10 and then their banknote equivalents. The $5 dollar note acted as the serial number for the set.

NB: I have given separate lines for these packages as they would have skewed values otherwise. The less numerous sets commanding multiples of the Blue Collector folders. For example, the staff folders have been known to fetch over a thousand dollars.

P#49 signatures: R. Johnston / B.W. Fraser

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Date No. printed VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1988  800,000 25% P#49a serial # prefix AA issued in blue collector folder
1988  25,000 2.0% P#49a serial # prefix AA issued in Coin & Note Collection
1988  500 0% P#49a serial # prefix AA issued in staff folder
1988  19.75 80% P#49b issued note serial # prefix AB no date

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