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Vanuatu - 2017 Issues 500 and 5000 Vatu Polymer

Ripablik blong Vanuatu
Republic of Vanuatu
République de Vanuatu

Two polymer notes of 500 and 5000 Vatu issued on 27.10.2017 and 28.07.2017 respectively. These two notes complete the Polymer series first issued in 2011 (10000 Vatu - 30th Year of Independence).

The designs on the front of the notes are basically the same as those issued earlier. However I noticed some minor changes: -
* The letter prefix is slimmer and looks taller/longer (difference font);
* Raised dots (tactile feature for visually impaired) are added on the upper edge of the notes, 2 dots for the 500 Vatu and 5 dots for the 5000 Vatu value;

The designs on the back for both notes are based on the same themes as those paper notes series but with new designs. The themes for these two notes are:
500 Vatu - Culture; and
5000 Vatu - Tourism.

Both notes are printed on Guardian polymer substrate materials.

These notes bear the signatures of;-
Governor: Semion Malachi Athy (appointed 11.10.2013);
Minister of Finance: Gaetan Pikioune (appointed 11.02.2016)

Five Hundred Vatu
Five Thousand Vatu

Papua New Guinea - 5 Kina Polymer Note 2016 Print

Independen Stet bilong Papua Niugini Papua Niu Gini
Independent State of Papua New Guinea

This is a resized 5 Kina polymer note printed with ND2016. The design is the same as those previously issued except it's smaller. The size of this note is even smaller than those 2 Kina previously issued, The signatures on this note belongs to Loi Martin Bakani and Dairi Vele

Five Kina

Australia - 1988 Bicentenary Coins and Banknotes Portfolio Album

This was the first joint ventured issue between Note Printing Australia (NPA) and the Royal Australian Mint (RAM). This album consists of three proof coins ($2, $5 and $10) and three uncirculated notes of $2, $5 (both paper) and a $10 polymer 1998 commemorative dated note. The $10 polymer note was a one off commemorative issue. The $2 note featured the last prefix of LQG. The bank ceased printing the $2 paper note in 1988 following the released of the new $2 coin and in 1992 ceased issuing the paper $5 note when the first $5 polymer note was released. A total sets of 25,000 were released to the public at $120 each per set. Instead of printing separate certificate for each album, the set number for per set was taken from the serial number of the $5 note. In this case, this is set no 9,808 of 25,000 sets. The NPA/RAM retained the first 20 sets for their own archives and 4,980 sets with serial numbered ranging from 000021 to 005000 were sold at the International Coins and Banknotes Fair in Melbourne. Needless to say the lowest number one can buy was the set number 000021. The remaining 20,000 sets were sold via mail listing orders. It should be noted that there is nothing special about this unless you are also a coins collector. The serial numbers on the notes are not matching nor they are specially printed in other colours either. The notes are normal circulating type and neither of the them has any special letter prefixes or commemorative text printed on it except that you get the last prefix paper note for the $2. Unfortunately this was not the case for the $5 note as at the time of the release, the $5 was still the current series then and the first $5 note was not issued until 1992. The last prefix for the $5 paper note series is QPG (RA Johnston/BW Fraser). This is just one of the many joint ventured numismatic products issued by NPA & RAM and in my opinion this issue was not a successful one either. It was never my intention to get this set until now as it has no special purpose, apart from paying a high premium for the folder and cover materials. Despite after 20 years since it was first released, you can still get this set at issued price or even less depending on your luck. In all, a total of 4 joint issues were released by NPA/RAM since 1988.

Folder Front Cover

Footnote/Opinion: -
In my opinion, this is not worth buying unless you have big ego like me. There is nothing special at all for this set if you are a banknotes collector. However I am not sure about the coins. Only a serious coins collector can tell you this.