£5 from 1913 to 1927

1914 Collins/Allen Five Pound Banknote

Obverse Coat of Arms
Reverse Hawkesbury River, N.S.W
Signatories James R. Collins, Assistant Secretary
Geo. T Allen, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 170.18mm [width] 106.68mm [height]
Composition Paper
Watermark None
Serial Numbers Prefix of U or V with Black Serials
U 693443 to V 1000000

Notes :
Following the discovery of forgeries of the first Commonwealth of Australia five pound notes in 1914, steps were taken to modify the design. A mosaic of 5’s was added to the reverse of the note and the horizontal red and yellow bands prominent on the first design were replaced by a vertical phasing from purple through to yellow and back again.

1927 Riddle/Heathershaw Five Pound Banknote

Obverse Coat of Arms
Reverse Hawkesbury River, N.S.W
Signatories E. C. Riddle, Chairman of Directors, Note Issue Department
J. Heathershaw, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 180.34mm [width] 78.74mm [height]
Composition Paper – 75 gsm
Watermark Light basketweave around edges and ’£5’ (twice) in centre
Dark ’Commonwealth’ above and ’Australia’ below centre
Serial Numbers Prefix letter Q over numeral
Q/11 290001 to Q/12

Notes :
The first Riddle/Heathershaw five pound notes were mistakenly printed with the former title of Chairman of Directors, Note Issue Department instead of Governor, Commonwealth Bank. The mistake was quickly rectified resulting in this rare issue. The serial numbers used for the Note Issue Department type were within the range used for the Commonwealth Bank type, however, prefixes of only Q/11 or Q/12 occur.

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updated; 20/01/2019