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Errors and misprints on Australian banknotes

Here's a list of different types of errors that may appear on banknotes and usually add value to them.

Cut out of register (miscut) - Australian banknote

Cut out of register (miscut)

Caused by a misalignment of the sheet or a folded sheet in the cutting press.

Prices and values of incomplete printing

Prices and values vary according to the percentage of the design transfered. Some offset printing notes can fetch up a thousand dollars.

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Folding and cutting - Australian banknote

Folding and cutting

During the manufacturing process, an extra piece of one or several adjoining note(s) on the sheet is attached the a note being cut resulting a note with visible fold or cut mark. When the attached parts are in a corner, the error is commonly called Butterfly.

Some fake folding and cutting errors exist. They can been made by cutting notes from a complete sheet that can be bought on the market.

Prices and values of folding and cutting

Prices and values vary according to the number of adjoining notes attached and the size of the attached part. A Butterfly error can fetch $1,000 to $2,000.


Incomplete printing - Australian banknote

Incomplete printing

Describe a banknote with a portion or a face or back left unprinted or missing colour.

Some fake polymer incomplete printing errors exist since the ink on these can be easily removed.

Prices and values of incomplete printing

Prices and values vary according to the percentage of the design is missing. Some incomplete printing notes can fetch up thousands dollars.

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Offset printing - Australian banknote

Offset printing

Can be caused by a transfer of ink from the press directly onto a note or from an excess ok ink, or insufficient drying of a sheet.

Prices and values of incomplete printing

Prices and values vary according to the percentage of the design transfered. Some offset printing notes can fetch up thousands dollars.

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Out of register printing - Australian banknote

Out of register printing

If a plate is misaligned in the press or the feeding process of sheets into the press is faulty, the print position can be out of place.


More possible errors

  • Ink smears
  • Serial numbers errors
  • Signatures errors
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