Obverse:||Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith (1897-1935), Pioneer Aviator.|
Reverse:||Lawrence Hargrave (1850-1915), Aeronautical Pioneer.|
Signatories:||J. G. Phillips, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia.|
R. J. Randall, Secretary to the Treasury.
|Size:||160.02mm (width), 81.28mm (height).|
|Watermark:||Captain Cook in left panel.|
|Three Letter Prefix XBS to XEU|
XBS 200001 to XEU 999999.
Asterisk (star) replaces last digit of serial number - separate entry.
1968-71 Phillips/Randall Twenty Dollar Note
The numbering wheels used on note printing machines had prefix digits and six numeral digits. To complete each series, a special hand press was used to imprint the seven digit numeral on the one millionth note. These notes have become collectors items with significant premiums - in excess of $500 for a note in fine condition to over $3,000 for uncirculated specimens. The practice was stopped in 1971, each series ending with the number 999999, a number which also sells at a hefty premium.
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