Obverse:||George V & Coat of Arms.|
Signatories:||E. C. Riddle, Governor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia|
H. J. Sheehan, Secretary to the Treasury.
|Size:||180.34mm (width), 78.74mm (height).|
|Composition:||Paper - 77 gsm.|
|Watermark:||Head of Edward, Prince of Wales in centre oval.|
'FIVE' behind each signature.
|R above numeral|
R/0 000001 to approximately R/11.
1933 Riddle/Sheehan Five Pound Note - Pink Face
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 modify the designs to show King George V on the front and a bas-relief panel on the back depicting 'Commerce'. Other innovations were the addition of a circle in the lower center displaying the watermark profile of the Prince of Wales (later to become famous as the King who abdicated - Edward VIII).
Approximately 20,338,000 five pound notes were printed between 1933 and 1939 featuring the Riddle/Sheehan signature combination. Cross-hatching with red and green ink on approximately half of the notes produced a 'pink' effect on the King's face. On the remainder, lack of cross-hatching left the King's face white.
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