1933 Riddle/Sheehan Ten Shilling Banknote
|Signatories||E. C. Riddle, Governor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia|
H. J. Sheehan, Secretary to the Treasury
|Size||156.94mm [width] 81.28mm [height]|
|Composition||Paper – 77 gsm|
|Watermark||Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) in left oval|
’HALF’ behind each signature
|Serial Numbers||Prefix C over numeral|
C/0 000001 to C/20 1000000
By introducing a ’legal tender’ status for issued banknotes, there was no longer a need for them to be redeemable in gold. The opportunity was taken with this change to reduce the size of the note to a more manageable size. Other innovations were the addition of an oval in which the watermark profile of the Prince of Wales was displayed, and another watermark – HALF – behind each signature.
Approximately 21,000,000 of the 1933 reduced size ten shilling note were printed. Variations in the colour of notes of this type occur, from a light brown to a darker chocolate. There are also variations in the background red and green colours.
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