Australia’s Banknote Coin

05 May 2020  Tue

The Perth Mint and Australia Post are pleased to present a joint special release celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first banknote in Australia, for the 2013 FIP World Stamp Exhibition.

In 1910 the Australian Notes Act was passed, and in 1913 the first series of Australian notes which were based on the old British system was issued. The first Australian currency note, the ten-shilling denomination was produced in May 1913. Other denominations from 1 Pound to 1,000 Pounds followed during the years 1913 – 1915. On the 100th Anniversary of Australia’s First Banknote coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

The coin’s reverse features a colored representation of Australia’s first ten shilling banknote. The inscription AUSTRALIA’S FIRST BANKNOTE 100TH ANNIVERSARY and the dates 1913 - 2013 are also portrayed in the design with The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

Image Courtesy: Perth Mint

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