Antarctican dollar

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Antarctican dollar
ISO 4217 code AQD
Monetary authority Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office (not official)
 Website bankofantarctica.com
User(s) Antarctica (not officially used)
Symbol A$
Banknotes 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 A$
Printer British American Banknote Company to 2001, others afterwards

Antarctican dollars are collector's 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. 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.[1]< The unofficial currency code is based on AQ, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code for Antarctica.


Banknote series[edit]

1996 series[edit]

1996 Series
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]

1999/2001 Series
Image Value Dimensions Obverse Reverse Printed Date Issued Date Expiry Date Note
[1] [2] 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
[3] [4] A2 Penguins on rocks Anniversary of tragic Air New Zealand crash with no survivors, flag of Antarctica as adopted by AOEO November 28, 1999
[5] [6] 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
[7] [8] A20 Crabeater Seal on floe Great Auk Obverse like 1996 series A5
[9] [10] A50 McMurdo Station Antarctic Treaty System Like 1996 series A50
[11] [12] 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]

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 "M/S 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.

These issues have a 12/31/2012 expiration date.

2008 series[edit]

1, 2, 3, 5, and 20 dollar notes have been issued in polymer.

50 and 100 dollars were designed for 2010 release.

The 1,2,3 and 5 dollar issues have a 12/31/2012 expiration date.

The 20 dollar issue has an expiration of 12/31/2013.

As of November 1, 2009, the 50 and 100 dollar issues have not been circulated. This means that any notes out there are issued notes of the 2001 edition or are non-original specimens with no value whatsoever.

2009 series[edit]

10 dollar first issued March 29, 2009 and expires in 2016.

The 2001 10 dollar issue has an expiration of 12/31/2010.

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