r313a – Mc176 # 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes
With Plate Identification Letter

r313a 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes
Obverse Francis Howard Greenway
Reverse Henry Lawson
Signatories B. W. Fraser, Governor, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia
A. S. Cole, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 154.94mm [width], 76.20mm [height]
Composition Paper
Watermark Captain Cook in left panel
Serial NumbersMFQ 000001 to MHJ 624000
MHK 000001 to MPV 999999
MPX 477001 to MRR 999999

Notes : Serial Prefix MRR was the last series of ten dollar paper notes printed.

Plate Identification Letters (PIL) : According to Greg McDonald's publication The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes [Sixteenth edition, November 2008, ISBN 978-0-9751244-9-9] Plate Identification Letters are very small letters found on each banknote of nearly all paper decimal notes issued. Although initially thought to be a security device, it seems that some markings were included to assist with quality control. The plate letters were on the intaglio printing plates. It is interesting to note that the prefix letters of a banknote run alphabetically and consecutively across the sheet (left to right).

Plate Identification Letters were to be phased out by 1990 and prior to the introduction of polymer notes. Despite this, an interesting feature occurred during the latter part of the printing of the 1993 Fraser Cole paper Ten Dollar note. Throughout bundles of the last print run there was a plate letter on every third note.

r313a 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes

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Valuation : r313a – Mc176 # Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes

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1998 12 2025 3035
2003 13 2230 3540
2008 20 3040 5060
Auction Prices
2012    [14] 24
2013   1618
2014   15[19] 26
First serial prefix MFQ # r313aF – Mc176a
r313F First serial prefix 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes
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2008 20 3060 85200
Auction Prices
2012      
Last serial prefix MRR # r313aL – Mc176b
Last Serial Prefix r313aL 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes
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2008 20 3050 75200
Auction Prices
2012     [58] 91
2013     168
2014    61103
r313b – Mc177 notes without Plate Identification Letters
General prefix banknotes # r313b – Mc177
r313b 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes
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1998 11 1214 1620
2003 11 1320 2530
2008 12 1525 3550
Auction Prices
2012    56
2013    [26] 35
2014 22 18[21] 33
First serial prefix MFQ # r313bF – Mc177a
r313F First serial prefix 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes
Auction Prices
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Last serial prefix MRR # r313bL – Mc177b
Last Serial Prefix r313bL 1991 Fraser/Cole Ten Dollar Banknotes
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2008 15 2535 4585
Auction Prices
2012     [58] 91
2013     38
2014     56

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