World Paper Money Value and Identification Guide




Paper Money Values - Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia was established in 1901 when the six separate British self-governing colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia agreed to unite. The Australian Notes Act of 1910 assigned responsibility for the issue of banknotes to the Commonwealth Treasury, and the first paper money, a 10 shilling note, was produced in 1913. There have been eight major series of Australian paper money. Highlights of this history include the transition to decimal currency (from pounds to dollars) in 1966, and the world’s first issuance of polymer banknotes in 1992.

1925-1933 (ND) George V Facing Left - Signature Title at Left - Governor Issue

Australia Paper Money 1 Pound 1927
Australia Paper Money 1 Pound 1927

  • Denomination: 1 Pound
  • Issue Date: 1927
  • Reference: 16c
  • Authority: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Front: Arms - George V
  • Back: Captain Cook Landing at Botany Bay
  • Watermark: Woven Pattern
  • Signatures: E.C. Riddle & J. Heathershaw
  • Grade: AU 55 - PMG
  • Sale Date: Dec. 2019
  • Price: $900.00



1938-1952 George VI Issue

Australia Paper Money 10 Shillings 1939-1952
Australia Paper Money 10 Shillings 1939-1952

  • Denomination: 10 Shillings
  • Issue Date: 1939-1952
  • Reference: 25a
  • Authority: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Front: King George VI
  • Back: Manufacturers
  • Watermark: Cook
  • Signatures: H.J. Sheehan & S.G. McFarlane
  • Grade: AU 50 - PMG
  • Sale Date: Dec. 2019
  • Price: $235.26

Australia Paper Money 1 Pound 1949
Australia Paper Money 1 Pound 1949

  • Denomination: 1 Pound
  • Issue Date: 1949
  • Reference: 26c
  • Authority: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Front: King George VI
  • Back: Pastoral Shepherds
  • Signatures: H.C. Coombs & G.P.N. Watt
  • Grade: Very Fine 30 - PCGS
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $57.70

Australia Paper Money 5 Pounds 1949
Australia Paper Money 5 Pounds 1949

  • Denomination: 5 Pounds
  • Issue Date: 1949
  • Reference: 27c
  • Authority: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Front: King George VI
  • Back: Longshoremen
  • Signatures: H.C. Coombs & G.P.N. Watt
  • Grade: Very Fine 20 - PCGS
  • Note: Washed and Pressed
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $97.19

1953-1960 (ND) Issue

Australia Paper Money 10 Pounds 1954-1959
Australia Paper Money 10 Pounds 1954-1959

  • Denomination: 10 Pounds
  • Issue Date: 1954-1959
  • Reference: 32
  • Authority: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Front: Governor Arthur Phillip
  • Back: Symbols of Science - Industry and Law - Allegorical Woman with Compass
  • Watermark: Cook
  • Signatures: Signatures: H. C. Coombs & R. Wilson With title GOVERNOR / COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA below lower left signature
  • Grade: Choice Very Fine 35 - PMG
  • Sale Date: Nov. 2019
  • Price: $117.50

1960-1965 (ND) Pound Issue

Australia Paper Money 5 Pounds 1960-1965
Australia Paper Money 5 Pounds 1960-1965

  • Denomination: 5 Pounds
  • Issue Date: 1960-1965
  • Reference: 35a
  • Authority: Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Front: Sir John Franklin
  • Back: Bull - Sheep - Cow
  • Watermark: Cook
  • Signatures: Signatures: H. C. Coombs & R. Wilson With title: GOVERNOR / RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA below lower left
  • Grade: Choice Very Fine 35 - PMG
  • Sale Date: Dec. 2019
  • Price: $59.99

1966-1972 Issue

Australia Paper Money 2 Dollars 1967
Australia Paper Money 2 Dollars 1967

  • Denomination: 2 Dollars
  • Issue Date: 1967
  • Reference: 38b
  • Authority: Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Printer: Note Printing Australia
  • Front: John McArthur - Sheep
  • Back: William Farrer - Wheat
  • Signatures: H. C. Coombs & R. J. Randall
  • Grade: Circulated - Seller Graded
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $30.91

Australia Paper Money 10 Dollars 1966
Australia Paper Money 10 Dollars 1966

  • Denomination: 10 Dollars
  • Issue Date: 1966
  • Reference: 40a
  • Authority: Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Printer: Note Printing Australia
  • Front: Francis Greenway - Buildings
  • Back: Henry Lawson - Village
  • Signatures: H. C. Coombs & R. Wilson
  • Grade: Choice About UNC 58 - PCGS
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $38.36

1974-1983 Issue

Australia Paper Money 1 Dollar 1983
Australia Paper Money 1 Dollar 1983

  • Denomination: 1 Dollar
  • Issue Date: 1983
  • Reference: 42d
  • Authority: Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Printer: Note Printing Australia
  • Front: Queen Elizabeth II - Arms - Kangaroo - Emu
  • Back: Aborignal Bark Painting by David Malangi
  • Signatures: R. A. Johnston & J. Stone
  • Grade: Gem UNC 66 EPQ - PMG
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $19.38

1974-1994 (ND) Australia Issue

Australia Paper Money 20 Dollars 1974-1994
Australia Paper Money 20 Dollars 1974-1994

  • Denomination: 20 Dollars
  • Issue Date: 1974-1994
  • Reference: 46e2
  • Authority: Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Printer: Note Printing Australia
  • Front: Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith - Early Australian Aviator
  • Back: Lawrence Hargrave - Inventor and Aeronautical Pioneer
  • Signatures: Johnston & Fraser - OCR Rounded Font
  • Grade: Crisp AUNC - Seller Graded
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $24.27

1988 Bicentennial of Settlement in Australia Issue

Australia Paper Money 10 Dollars 1988
Australia Paper Money 10 Dollars 1988

  • Denomination: 10 Dollars
  • Issue Date: 1988
  • Reference: 49b
  • Authority: Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Printer: Note Printing Australia
  • Front: Captain Cook - Colonists - Ship
  • Back: Aboriginal Youth - Rock Painting - Ceremonial Morning Star Pole
  • About UNC - Seller Graded
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $18.21