r310a – Mc173a # 1988 Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes
Plastic Issue – Prefixes other than AB10 and AB33

r310a 1988 Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes
r310a 1988 Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes
Obverse The ship "Supply" in Sydney Cove
Reverse Aboriginal youth with the Morning Star Pole
Signatories R. A. Johnston, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia
B. W. Fraser, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 155mm [width], 77.50mm [height]
Composition Polymer
Watermark Polymer banknotes saw the end of the watermark, which was replaced with a Variable Optical Security Device (hologram) of Captain Cook
Serial NumbersIntroduction of the Two letter & Two number Prefix
AB10 – AB33

Notes : This note was the first circulation issue Australian polymer banknote. The first printing had a thin, smooth varnish over the hologram which rapidly rubbed off when used. Printing was stopped when the problem was identified.

All first printing [general circulation] notes have a serial number prefix between AB10 and AB 33 with the first two digits of the number being 93, 94 or 96 [AB 33 965070].

An Elaborate Field Test
Much was riding on the $10 note circulating in a satisfactory manner – over $20 million had been sunk into research and production costs in this technology over two decades, with the intention that Australia would eventually convert it's entire circulating currency to the new "plastic fantastic" notes, after which the technology would then be exported the world over.
No less than 11 distinct varieties have been identified, the rarest of them has a catalogue value of $38,000. Refer to table at the end of this excellent article for a complete list.

Valuation : r310a – Mc173a # Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes

 FineVFEFaUNCCFU
1998 10 1520 3050
2003 13 1725 3560
2008 15 2035 4590
Auction Prices
2012    [27] 38
2013   16[21] 61
2014 18 2946
First serial prefix AB10 # r310aF – Mc173a/1
r310aF First serial prefix 1988 Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes
r310aF First serial prefix 1988 Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes
 FineVFEFaUNCCFU
2008 100 200400 500900
Auction Prices
2014     400
Last serial prefix AB33 # r310aL – Mc173a/2
Last Serial Prefix r310aL 1988 Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes
Last Serial Prefix r310aL 1988 Johnston/Fraser Ten Dollar Banknotes
 FineVFEFaUNCCFU
2008 250 400750 15002250
Auction Prices
2012  232247496[395] 910
2013   269  
2014    315[180] 431

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