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1985 Australia Five Dollars - PPN
What a fabulous example of this series. The third last run of $5 paper banknotes from 1985.
The 3rd last series of $5 paper notes from Australia had two types. Those with Gothic serials and those with OCRB.
Both are highly collectible with the Gothic serials being somewhat more special.
This note is pristine and will make a fine addition to your collection.
OCRB is Optical Character Recognition (also known as Optical Code Readable B), with the B being the second font - an advancement on the A font. It was introduced on banknotes because it could be read by machines and computer software, allowing for the sorting/colation of notes to be automated.
The gothic font is the narrower type of font - in both the letters and numerals. It is narrower, and the overall width of the serial number is not as wide as the OCRB.
*All details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.
Obverse:Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (13 February 1743 – 19 June 1820) was a British naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. He took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage (1768–1771). Banks is credited with the introduction to the Western world of eucalyptus, acacia, mimosa, and the genus named after him, Banksia. Approximately 80 species of plants bear Banks's name. Banks was also the leading founder of the African Association, a British organization dedicated to the exploration of Africa, and a member of the Society of Dilettanti, which helped to establish the Royal Academy.
Reverse:Caroline Chisholm (30 May 1808 – 25 March 1877) was a progressive 19th-century English humanitarian known mostly for her involvement with female immigrant welfare in Australia. She is commemorated in the Calendar of saints of the Church of England. There are proposals for the Catholic Church to also recognise her as a saint,
Watermark: Captain Cook in left panel