In 1988, Australia celebrated its Bicentenary. It was 200 years since permanent settlement began with the arrival of Captain Arthur Philip with 11 ships in the First Fleet in 1788. To mark this important event, Australia issued a special 10 dollar note. It turned out to be very special indeed. It was the first note in the world using the revolutionary polymer plastic developed by the Reserve Bank of Australia. It moved like paper but had all the durability of plastic. (P49) The front of the note depicts the arrival of the First Fleet and the varied immigrant population which has settled in the intervening 200 years. The back honours Australia’s indigenous population, the Aboriginal people who it is believed settled in Australia over 40,000 years ago. A wonderful note issued over 30 years ago, in official descriptive folder.
The Pacific Arts Festival is a travelling festival, held every 4 years in the same year as the Summer Olympics by different countries in Oceania. It traditionally celebrates song and dance, In 1992, the 6th Festival was held in R--arotonga in the Cook Islands. This 3 dollar note was overprinted commemorating the occasion. (P6) The front design references the legend of Ina and the Shark while on the back we find an outrigger canoe and carved figure. Uncirculated.
In 2016, the Fiji Men’s Rugby Sevens Team won the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics. Such was the country’s delight, the government authorised a special issue of banknote with the unusual 7-dollar denomination, to honour the team’s success. (P120) In the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the men’s team returned and won the Gold Medal again with the Fiji Women’s team winning bronze in their category. A special 7-dollar banknote was issued to mark this double victory with one side printed in gold and the other in bronze. (P1NEW). If you haven’t got this pair in your collection- now is the time! We can offer both issues in Crisp Uncirculated. Save when you buy the pair.
A trio of Uncirculated notes issued by Indonesia in 2106. Included are the 2000, 5000 and 10,000 rupiah denominations. This striking group features portraits of important citizens on the front with traditional dancers on the backs. Crisp Uncirculated.
There is much talk as the whether countries, outside of the UK, issuing banknotes with the monarch’s portrait would continue now that Charles is King. Countries like Zealand retained Queen Elizabeth’s portrait on the 20 dollar denomination and we can offer it now. It's a beautiful green banknote showing Her Majesty in a more formal attire, wearing a tiara and a fancy diamond necklace. Crisp Uncirculated and limited availability.
The new plastic 5 dollars issued by New Zealand recently won the International Banknote Society Banknote of the Year (P191). It certainly is a handsome note. It features Sir Edmund Hillary, acknowledged as the first person to climb Mount Everest. Alongside his portrait is a view of Mount Cook, his favourite mountain. A Holho penguin is on the back. Uncirculated award-winning note.
Papua New Guinea has fully embraced polymer banknotes and paper issues have long vanished form circulation. This 10 kina note was first issued in 1980 (P7) The front shows a Bird of Paradise perched on a Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. The back features artefacts including a Tami bowl and Tambu Shell Money. Uncirculated.
In 2019, Western Samoa was host to the 16th Pacific Games. To mark the event a special 10 tala note was issued in polymer . The front has the Games logo and athletes competing in various sports such as weightlifting and rugby. On the back children are shown doing the same sports with makeshift equipment such as coconuts. Uncirculated.