|ISO 4217 code||AQD|
|Monetary authority||Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office (not official)|
|User(s)||Antarctica (not officially used)|
|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. Although the bills are not legal tender in Antarctica nor any other continent or nation, the issuing company will "honor them for their face value throughout their validity period."1 Illustrations of the currency can be viewed at the Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office website.
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.2
|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|
|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.|
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.
1, 2, 3, 5, and 20 dollar notes have been issued in polymer.
50 and 100 dollars are currently being 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.
10 dollar first issued March 29, 2009 and expires in 2016.
The 2001 10 dollar issue has an expiration of 12/31/2010.
- "Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office Website".
- Symes, Peter (2002). "Private Issues – The Antarctica Issues and the NORFED Issues". Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- Your Guide to Antarctica Collector Sets of Banknotes, Washington Square Coin Exchange
- Antarctica banknotes on catalog