Ok so heres my quick story
I work at a Bank part time while I'm at Uni and today this elderly man came in and handed me 5 old australian 20dollar paper notes as he wanted to swap them over to new polymer notes..
So i swapped them over to him and asked him where he found them, and he proceeded to tell me that he was renovating the bathroom and infact found them in a container in the the back of a cupboard of all places. The notes were in terrific condition for a note that I later found out was printed in 1983 it was in near perfect condition, even the ink print still had that crisp raised feel to it, and this was the same with all 5 notes.
After the customer left I noticed that the serial numbers on all the of the notes were consecutive... this combined with the fact that the notes were in such good quality prompted me to investigate the "worth" of these old paper notes
I called a few auction houses / coin & note collection shops and looked on eBay and on websites and I came to realised that collectors seemed to value very highly consecutive serial number notes and obviously notes in perfect or near perfect condition.
Final estimates on my $100 worth of old $20 notes - between $300-$600 depending on how keen someone is to buy them..
So naturally I withdrew $100 from my account and asked for it all in $20 dollar notes... old $20 dollar notes! hehe.
So now they sit in my old biology textbook getting ultra flat
For all you avid note collectors out there, I have in my hot little hands
5 Consecutive R408 Johnston/Stone 1983 aUNC VHC 540400 - 540404 notes.
I remember seeing on current affairs shows stories where one persons trash has been anothers treasures!
I urge you all to check for old monies, and ESPECIALLY if they are in consective series!
I was also told to look out for new polymer $20 notes that had the beginning of a serial number of JC 06.
Im stuck between wanting to sell these notes or keeping them and starting my own collection!
Thanks for reading.