Obverse:||George VI & Coat of Arms.|
Signatories:||H. J. Sheehan, Governor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia|
S. G. McFarlane, Secretary to the Treasury.
|Size:||180.34mm (width), 78.74mm (height).|
|Composition:||Paper - 77 gsm.|
Watermark:||Captain Cook in centre oval.|
'FIVE' behind each signature.
|R over numeral|
R/20 338001 to R/34 081000.
1939-40 Sheehan/McFarlane Five Pound Note
It was three years after the death of King George V before the design on the front of the five pound note was modified. George VI's portrait replaced that of the George V and the watermark was changed to Captain James Cook. The design of the note remained unchanged throughout his reign, with only the signatories being modified. The first signature combination -
Sheehan/McFarlane - was printed in blue, while the remaining combinations until 1954 were printed in black.
Approximately 136,956,000 five pound notes were produced between 1939 and 1954 when a new design with Sir John Franklin on the front and a primary industry mural on the back was introduced.
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