Star notes and Bubbles
preserving for prosperity etc etc

Letters to Editor
April 1971
Australian Coin Review Volume 7 No 10


Star Notes

Sir, - Could you please identify two $1 bills for me.
These notes came to light in the latter half of 1966.
Normal notes have three letters and six numbers but these particular notes have three letters, five numbers and a star. The serial numbers of these notes are ZAC 17021* and ZAC 33792*. Both notes are Coombs and Wilson.
If you could tell me why these notes were printed and their approximate value.
One has been circulated and shows a lot of wear. The other has not been circulated to any extent and was received from a bank.
Yours, etc
XXXX XXXXX
Dubbo, NSW

Star notes are simply replacement notes. If a note is defective in the printing or for any other reason it is taken out of its series and replaced by a star note. Close records are kept of all such notes. It is worth only face value.

Star notes are now worth up to $3000 for good examples.

Uncirculated sets get the 'bubble' treatment....

Greg McDonald
May 1984
Australian Coin Review Volume 20 No 11

With surprisingly little fanfare or advance publicity, the Royal Australian Mint will be breaking new ground with the 1984 issue of its Uncirculated sets. There will be no mint wallet in the style we have become accustomed to for 1984.
This year the mint will follow the pattern set by the UK and various other countries and issue a "blister pack". A blister pack isn't something you end up with by leaving your coins in direct sunlight for extended lengths of time. It's a rather strange term to describe coins encased in a plastic "bubble". I'm sure the new approach will be welcomed by collectors although I find it curious that the change wasn't given more emphasis in the order forms sent out recently.
A spokesperson for Jaggard Mint Sales, the official distributor, said the new blister pack will be much more attractive than its predecessor, the vinyl mint wallet. The packing will be similar in style to British counterparts, with cardboard covers opening up to show the coins suspended inside like the pages of a book. The spokesperson said the glossy cardboard covers featured full-cover photographs of animals depicted on our coins as well as a photograph of the mint itself. He said the basic background colour of the set was "a very attractive blue."
A spokesperson for the Royal Australian Mint, Mr Bruce McClellan, said the change in packaging was in line with the mint updating its products like any other supplier. He counted out the total demise of the vinyl mint wallets by saying any future decision would depend on public reaction to the new blister pack. He confirmed that the new sets will not contain the $1 coin. "There will be a proof and Uncirculated version of the $1 coin although it is unlikely anything will be announced before the middle of this year," Mr McClellan added.
What with the new $1, the new $100 note and the new blister pack, 1984 looks like being an interesting year for the collector.

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