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Australia was the pioneer in the development of polymer banknotes to replace paper. The first polymer note appeared in 1988 with the commemorative 10 dollars but it wasn’t long before all regular issues were printed on this revolutionary substance which moved like paper but had the durability of plastic.
Here we present an Uncirculated example of the last 2 dollars issued by Australia printed on paper. The green 2 dollars (P43) references the importance of sheep and wheat to the Australian economy with portraits of Macarthur and Farrer.
The people who came up with the idea of this polymer bill wanted to incorporate a piece of real gold and this is what they have done. Embedded in this polymer Cash Gold note is 0.01 grams of real
gold in the form of a small ingot. The note itself is polymer with the illustration of a three masted ship on the front and a lion’s head on the back.