Australian ten-shilling note

The 10/- banknote was first issued on 1 May 1913 as a blue banknote payable in gold. It was equal to a half sovereign gold coin. The sizes varied but the design was the same for the following issues: 1913–1914 issue was 194×83mm, 1915–1923 197×88 mm, 1923–1933 180×78mm. This issue was payable in gold but subsequent issues were legal tender.

The 1913 note was the world's first officially issued ten-shilling note. The first note, serial number M000001, was printed by Judith Denman, five-year-old daughter of the Governor-General of Australia, Lord Denman.[1]

The last banknote issue had a print of 557,548,000 banknotes.

Ten shillings
Value½ Australian pound
Width137 mm
Height76 mm
Security featuresWatermark
Paper typeCotton
Years of printing1913–1966
AUS-3b-Commonwealth of Australia-10 Shillings (1918)
DesignCoat of arms of Australia (1908–12)
Design date1913 Second issue (1918 note date)
AUS-3b-Commonwealth of Australia-10 Shillings (1918)
DesignGoulburn Weir
Design date1913 Second issue (1918 note date)

Signature combinations

James Collins and George Allen (1913, 1915)
John Cerutty and James Collins (1918)
Denison Miller and James Collins (1923)
Kell and James Collins (1926)
Kell and James Heathershaw (1927)
Ernest Riddle and James Heathershaw (1928)
Ernest Riddle and Harry Sheehan (1933, 1934, 1936)
Harry Sheehan and Stuart McFarlane (1939)
Hugh Armitage and Stuart McFarlane (1942)
H.C. Coombs and George Watt (1949)
H.C. Coombs and Roland Wilson (1952, 1954, 1961)

See also


  1. ^ James Cockington, Sydney Morning Herald, Money, 1 May 2013. "Note's sale is a sale of note". Retrieved 28 November 2014
  • Cuhaj, George S., ed. (2010). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money General Issues (1368–1960) (13 ed.). Krause. ISBN 978-1-4402-1293-2.
  • Ian W. Pitt, ed. (2000). Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Values (19th ed.). Chippendale, N.S.W.: Renniks Publications. ISBN 0-9585574-4-6.
  • Pitt, Michael T., ed. (2013). Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Values (25 ed.). Renniks Publications. ISBN 978-0-9873386-2-4.

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Preceded by
Ten shilling note (British)
Ten Shillings (Australian)
Succeeded by
One Dollar Note (Australian)
Australian one-dollar note

The Australian one-dollar note (or $1 bill) was introduced in 1966 due to decimalisation, to replace the 10-shilling note. The note was issued from its introduction in 1966 until its replacement by the one-dollar coin in 1984. Approximately 1.7 billion one-dollar notes were printed.

Australian currency
Decimal coins
Decimal notes
Pre-decimal coins
Pre-decimal notes

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