|Banknotes||1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 A$|
|Monetary authority||Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office (not official)|
|Printer||British American Banknote Company to 2001, others afterwards|
Antarctican dollars are collectors' items produced by the "Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office" in the appearance of a national money for the continent of Antarctica. The bills are not legal tender in Antarctica nor any other continent or nation, and are marketed as part of a range of "fantasy collector items in the appearance of fictional national money". They are mostly sold for the equivalent of their face value in United States dollars.
The Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office states it uses a portion of all proceeds from the sale of Antarctican dollars to fund organizations seeking to undertake research and humanitarian projects in the Antarctic region. The unofficial currency code "AQD" is based on "AQ", the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code for Antarctica.
Banknote series[edit | edit source]
1996 series[edit | edit source]
|Value||Dimensions||Obverse||Reverse||Printed Date||Issued Date||Expiry Date|
|A1||177.8 x 88.9 mm (7 x 3.5 in.)||Penguins on Petermann Island||Diving Adelie penguins on Paulet Island||March 1, 1996||March 2, 1996||December 31, 2001|
|A5||Crabeater seal on floe||Albatross, killer whales|
|A10||Robert Falcon Scott||Map of Antarctica|
|A20||Roald Amundsen, flag of Norway in the background||Amundsen reached South Pole on December 14, 1911|
|A50||McMurdo Station||Antarctic Treaty System|
|A100||Ozone hole detection||Ozone measured in Dobson unit, weather satellite|
1999/2001 series[edit | edit source]
|Image||Value||Dimensions||Obverse||Reverse||Printed Date||Issued Date||Expiry Date||Note|
|||||A1||160 x 80 mm||Penguins on Petermann Island||Diving Adelie penguins on Paulet Island||April 22, 1999 (Earth Day)||December 31, 2008||Like 1996 series A1|
|||||A2||Penguins on rocks||Anniversary of tragic Air New Zealand crash with no survivors, flag of Antarctica as adopted by AOEO||November 28, 1999|
|||||A5||Roald Amundsen, flag of Norway in the background||Albatross||January 1, 2001||January 2, 2001||2010||Obverse like 1996 series A20|
|A10||Robert Falcon Scott||Map of Antarctica||Like 1996 series A10|
|||||A20||Crabeater seal on floe||Great auk||Obverse like 1996 series A5|
|||||A50||McMurdo Station||Antarctic Treaty System||Like 1996 series A50|
|||||A100||Ozone hole detection||Ozone measured in Dobson unit, weather satellite||Like 1996 series A100|
|These images are to scale at 0.7 pixels per millimeter, a standard for world banknotes.|
2007 series[edit | edit source]
Two types of the 1 dollar; The general issue of March 1, 2007 and the commemorative issue of November 23, 2007 noting the sinking of the Antarctic vessel MV Explorer.
Two dollars; July 30, 2007
Three dollars; General issue of March 1, 2007 and the commemorative issue of December 14, 2007 noting the International Polar Year 2007-2008.
2008 series[edit | edit source]
1, 2, 3, 5, and 20 dollar notes have been issued in polymer.
50 and 100 dollars were designed for the 2010 release.
2009 series[edit | edit source]
10 dollars first issued March 29, 2009 and expires in 2016.
References[edit | edit source]
- Official website
- Symes, Peter (2002). "Private Issues – The Antarctica Issues and the NORFED Issues". Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- Gyllenbok, Jan (25 April 2018). Encyclopaedia of Historical Metrology, Weights, and Measures, Volume 2. Birkhäuser. p. 706. ISBN 978-3-319-66691-4.
[edit | edit source]
- Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office website
- Your Guide to Antarctica Collector Sets of Banknotes, Washington Square Coin Exchange
- Antarctica banknotes on catalog
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