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1966 Australia Twenty Dollars Paper - XAA
Note has some light soiling and some fine wrinkles.
Overall given its age it is in really nice condition.
This is the first prefix from the first year of production for decimal notes in Australia and as such is a must for any serious collector.
At this price it is an affordable investment as well.
Please see the pictures and judge for yourself.
Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935), often called Charles Kingsford Smith, or by his nickname Smithy, was a well-known early Australian aviator. In 1928, he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States. He also made a flight from Australia to London, and set a new record of 10.5 days.Kingsford Smith and co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge were flying the Lady Southern Cross overnight from Allahabad, India, to Singapore, as part of their attempt to break the England-Australia speed record held by C.W.A. Scott and Tom Campbell Black, when they disappeared over the Andaman Sea in the early hours of 8 November 1935.18 months later, Burmese fishermen found an undercarriage leg and wheel (with its tyre still inflated) which had been washed ashore at Aye Island in the Gulf of Martaban, 3km (2mi) off the southeast coastline of Burma, some 137km (85mi) south of Mottama (formerly known as Martaban). Lockheed confirmed the undercarriage leg to be from the Lady Southern Cross.Botanists who examined the weeds clinging to the undercarriage leg estimated that the aircraft itself lies not far from the island at a depth of approximately 15fathoms (90ft; 27m).The undercarriage leg is now on public display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia.In 2009 a Sydney film crew claimed they were 100% certain they had found the Lady Southern Cross.The location of the claimed find was widely mis-reported as "in the Bay of Bengal" - the 2009 search was at the same location where the landing gear had been found in 1937, at Aye Island, in the Andaman Sea
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.
Obverse:Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC
Reverse: Lawrence Hargrave (29 January 1850 – 14 July 1915) was an engineer, explorer, astronomer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer.
Watermark: Captain Cook in left panel