Australian Banknote Checker
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This checker tool uses serial ranges meant for notes issued for circulation, as updated by the reserve banks collector information webpage, sometimes a banknote found may show as “Serial # Out Of Range”, possible reasons for this are as follows.
Collectors Issue Note:
Some print runs have serial numbers allocated for special release, and generally meant for collections, these serials are often low numbered, sometimes coloured numbers such as Red instead of Black, and part of folder sets. Sometimes these note make their way into circulation, although not calculated for in the checker tool, these notes are often sought after and valuable and worth investigating further.
Outside Recorded Numbers:
Most commonly occuring with the ‘Next Generation Banknotes’, Additional serial numbers are being found outside of the recorded figures by the reserve bank, these may be updated over time and generally do not offer additional value to the note, the checker tool will still check for special serial types however if found are not included in any recorded totals.
About This Tool:
This Banknote Checker Tool is for ‘Australian Decimal Banknotes’ with $1 >> $100 face values, it currently includes Paper Banknotes dated from 1966 >> 1993, Bicentennial Issue 1998 Polymer Banknotes, and current use Polymer banknotes dated 1992 >> Current year.
This tool checks for:
First / General / Last Prefixes
Test Notes
NPA / 1st / Re-Issue 1988 Dated Notes
Low Digit Serials:
Single Digit (Under 10)
Double Digit (Under 100)
Triple Digit (Under 1000)
Special Serial Types:
Solid Serials
Serial Types above are checked for 6+ Digit ranges.
Scoring provided is based on many factors including age, serial range production numbers, signatures, and occurance of special serial types.
While best efforts have been taken to provide accurate data, collecting is very subjective and scores may not reflect the desirability of your banknote, If you would like me to add additional Special Serial Types to the checker or have found an error please let me know in the comments below and I will add to future updates where possible.
Last Updated: 04/01/2022

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  1. Hi Love this tool thanks for all your hard work
    put in following EJ190216566 came up out of range below is RBA numbers .CHEERS Adam

    RBA 5 AA 19 – EJ 19 0000001 0218163 Lowe/Kennedy

    1. Hi Adam, Thanks for the letting me know the updated serial range,
      I’ve updated the range in the tool and double checked the other denominations to make sure they currently match.

      All the best – Matt.

  2. I love being able to use this site as I am new to this and I am 70. What I would like to know is what the Special Serial Types are or mean. I hope you will help me understand a little more about banknotes please.

  3. I have gem uncirculated $50 with the error resposiblties, first prefix AA and a solid number AA185888888, so what do you think? How much is it worth?

  4. If u find u have one the notes thats a first prefix where would u go to get it valuated or to sell it ..or how do u sell it ?

    1. There is a series of books called the Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes which comes out every year and I believe it is in its 23rd Edition.
      This gives the most accurate general value of coins and banknotes but this is not always what you will expect to get for your collection.
      Generally the more realistic prices you will find are on eBay where you can search for a note or coin and then click the (Show SOLD Listings) to see what people will and have paid for them.
      MOST of those bidders are referencing the pocket guide mentioned above while placing bids.
      Also don’t forget that with eBay there are fees and PayPal fees and postage (Insurance and registered post) fees. Depending on what you want to sell this might be minimal and not an issue but bigger ticket items attract bigger percentage fees. Other options are Auction houses, actual live venue auctions where you will place your item for consignment and have it set for n auction listing on a given date which could take weeks to months depending on the venue.

      Another method is to get general idea of the pocketbook value, the eBay sale value and round off a figure in between and throw it on gumtree. there are no fees and often people will meet you face to face either somewhere public like a library or somewhere safe but just be cautious of who and where etc. Once again depending on your item or collection.

      Which is partly why there are fees associated with other services. Just make sure you register and insure anything posted.

  5. Thanks for a really great tool to quickly identify notes!!!! Well done!!

  6. Can you send additional serial no please

    1. Hi, Once you’ve checked a serial you can select the serial number text again to change/type a new serial number to be checked.
      Hope this helps, thanks

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