1988 $10 R310b Johnston/Fraser Bicentenary Uncirculated Banknote

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1988 $10 R310b Johnston/Fraser Bicentenary Uncirculated Banknote

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  • The world’s first banknote made from polymer.
  • Also Australia’s first commemorative banknote.
  • Issued to mark the 200th anniversary of European Settlement.
  • An official Australian legal tender release.
  • Rarely seen in circulation – never in top grade!
  • Offered in strictly Uncirculated quality.
  • Fantastic value-for-money at just $89 per note.


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First of its kind!

The 1988 $10 Bicentennial is a numismatic icon of the greatest significance. Not only is this note Australia’s very first commemorative banknote – it is also the first note in the world made from polymer! It is a must-have for every collection – especially in strictly Uncirculated quality, as presented here.

Unique commemorative tribute

The first of only two Australian commemorative notes, the 1988 Bicentennial $10 was issued for the 200th anniversary of European Settlement. Unveiled amid much fanfare during the bicentennial celebrations, the idea of a ‘plastic’ note excited the minds of the Australian public. Once teething problems had been overcome, the note proved a ‘game-changer’. Cleaner and more durable than paper notes, and almost impossible to counterfeit, Australia had completely converted to polymer within 10 years. Today, more than 30 countries have issued polymer notes.

Hoarded out of circulation

With the commemorative theme, unusual composition and distinctive designs, the 1988 Bicentennial $10 naturally caught the eye of curious shoppers and collectors alike. As a result, this one-year-only type was quickly hoarded out of circulation. It is almost impossible to find this note in change in any grade, let alone in the perfect Uncirculated condition seen here.

Taken from original bundles!

A wonderful opportunity to this crucial, groundbreaking polymer note to your collection, we have the 1988 Bicentennial $10 available at a surprisingly affordable price. Better yet, each note was taken from an original bundle, and is therefore in strictly Uncirculated condition! Press add to cart now!

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Banknote TypePolymer
Country of IssueAustralia
Year of Issue1988
Issued ByReserve Bank of Australia
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