Collectors of Australian banknotes are sheep. If they see it written in a book or posted online then it must be true. The 2007 22nd Edition of The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes by Greg McDonald was the first time that First and Last Prefix values were listed. And we took those prefixes at face value. Which brings us to our current problem.
|1974 Phillips/Wheeler Two Dollar Banknote
Last serial prefix HLP # r85L – Mc125b
The reason there is no image is because the note probably does not exist.
There are no recorded sales of a $2 banknote with the prefix of HLP.
Yet supposedly there were 1 million of these notes were printed.
Let me begin by saying [again] that I find the record keeping of Australian Banknote numbers, and other identifying features, by the relevant authorities as disgraceful. Were it not for the diligence and countless hours spent by some collectors we would all be in a state of continuous dilemna. My many thanks go to D.A.Wood whose selfless hours of investigation have enabled this page to be possible. He has produced two articles for the Australian Coin & Banknote Magazine [August 2009 and November 2011] covering the topic of First and Last banknote prefixes with Plate Identification Letters being a contributing factor in this research. The information on this page is due to the many hours that Dennis has spent investigating these seemingly never ending questions posed regarding Australian paper banknotes.
The sheet content of $2 banknotes printed in 1975 was 24.
The last two batches printed were HJK – HKL and HKN – HLP.
At this point in time Dennis is unable to find ANY sales records of banknotes with prefixes of HKN – HLP.
Which raises the question – should HKL be listed as the Last Prefix for r85 1974 Phillips/Wheeler Two Dollar Banknotes? Of course, we all know that the experts will come falling out of the trees saying that such a thing is preposterous. The same experts who have had 40 years to find an HLP prefix – or any prefixes from HKN to HLP. Perhaps it’s a little early to crown a new king, but with the help of all collectors of Australian paper banknotes we may be able to shed more light on this subject and bring it some sort of resolution.