r9 – Mc17 # 1933 Riddle/Sheehan Ten Shilling Banknotes

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1933 Riddle/Sheehan Ten Shilling Banknote

Reduced Size
r9 1933 Riddle/Sheehan Ten Shilling Banknotes

ObverseGeorge V
SignatoriesE. C. Riddle, Governor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
H. J. Sheehan, Secretary to the Treasury
Size156.94mm [width] 81.28mm [height]
CompositionPaper – 77 gsm
WatermarkPrince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) in left oval
’HALF’ behind each signature
Serial NumbersPrefix C over numeral
C/0 000001 to C/20 1000000

Notes :

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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updated; 14/07/2017