Aust. Banknotes - Specimen Notes


Lot 2686    Session 10 (7:30pm Wednesday)    Aust. Banknotes - Specimen Notes

Estimate $70,000
Bid at
SOLD $65,000

FIVE SHILLINGS, specimen note, Cerutty/Collins (1916) overprinted in blue 'SPECIMEN' on front of note, an unissued note, possibly ten in existence. Light vertical centre fold, nearly uncirculated and extremely rare.

Ex C.J.Cerutty Estate, from Noble Numismatics Sale 47 (lot 3477) and private purchase from The Rare Coin Company.

The notes were printed in 1916 without signatures. The addition of signatures occurred later, but exactly when cannot be established. On 5 February 1920, the Treasurer of the Commonwealth (Mr Watt), announced that passengers bound for foreign countries were only to take as much Australian silver coin as was necessary for the trip, but in no case was the total to exceed £3.0.0. The move was initiated by the extraordinary rise in the price of standard silver, and a shortage of silver coin being experienced, probably because of that factor. It was stated that an issue of 5/- notes was contemplated to ease the shortage of silver coin. The plates to print the notes had been prepared and an amendment was to be sought to enable their issue. Later the Commonwealth Bank Act had included in it the authority to issue 5/- notes. Such notes however, were never issued. It would appear that a total of 1,020,000 notes were printed with virtually all being burned in 1922.

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