10/- from 1913 to 1927

1913 Collins/Allen Ten Shilling Banknote

r1a – Mc1 # 1913 Collins/Allen Ten Shilling Banknotes
Presentation Note (With Letter)

Obverse Coat of Arms & George V
Reverse Goulburn Weir, Victoria
Signatories James R. Collins, Assistant Secretary
George T. Allen, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 194mm [width] 83mm [height]
Composition Paper
Watermark None
Serial Numbers Prefix M followed by 6 numbers – all in red print
Numbers M 000001 to M 000500

Notes :
This note usually has tiny holes. It was pinned to a Treasury letter which had signed by George T. Allen, Secretary to the Treasury. Notes that are still accompanied by this letter command a significant premium. There are approximately 30 notes [presented and circulation issues] that are thought to be in existence.The Coat of Arms displayed on the front of the note was a continuation of the design used on the overprint of superscribed notes in the preceeding three years. There was no official authority for the design used – it did not conform to grants for the Australian Coat of Arms given on either 7th May, 1908 (used on silver coins from 1910) or 19th September, 1912. The ’unofficial’ design was used on all issues up to 1933.

The first 500 notes (Serial numbers M 000006 to M 000500) were allocated by ballot to Parliamentarians and high-ranking officials, who paid for them. They were distributed with an accompanying letter signed by George T. Allen, Secretary of the Treasury. The letter was dated 13th July, 1913.

1927 Kell/Heathershaw Ten Shilling Banknote

Obverse Coat of Arms & George V
Reverse Goulburn Weir
Signatories James Kell, Governor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
J. Heathershaw, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 180.34mm [width] 78.74mm [height]
Composition Paper – 75 gsm
Watermark Light basketweave around edges and ’10/–’ (twice) in centre
Dark ’Commonwealth’ above and ’Australia’ below centre
Serial Numbers Prefix of large A or B over numeral
A/41 923001 to A/51 208800


updated; 30/12/2018