1941 Australia Five Pounds - R 70

Five Pounds
H.T. Armitage / S. G. McFarlane
Serial No.:
R 70 527790
Renniks No.:
Approx. Grade:
Price : $245.00

1941 Australia Five Pounds - R 70

Has been fairly well circulated and has corner folds.

The colouration is good with only light soiling.

On the right hand edge there are a couple of small tears which do not extend into the design.

There are some pin holes and a small crack above the watermark.

Not altogether a displeasing example.

A good collection filler from this era.

A feature of currency notes designed in the 1930's and 1940's was the depiction of artwork done by Frank Manley.
These pictures were images taken from bas relief panels that were originally designed by the artist and sculpturer Paul Raphael Montford. 

Paul Raphael Montford (1 November 1868 – 15 January 1938) was an English-born sculptor, active in Australia; winner of the gold medal of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1934.

Montford was president of the Victorian Artists Society 1930-2. His generally good work as president was occasionally marred by a certain lack of tact. Some of Montford's best work about this period included the bronzes, "Water Nymph" and "Peter Pan", now in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, and "The Court Favourite" in the Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne. Other work includes relief portraits of eight Australian statesmen in the King's Hall, Parliament House, Canberra, and the war memorial for the Australian Club, Sydney. He was greatly encouraged and pleased on learning in 1934, that his statue of Adam Lindsay Gordon at Melbourne had been awarded the gold medal of the Royal British Society of Sculptors for the best piece of sculpture of the year. Another excellent piece of work is his vigorous statue of John Wesley in front of Wesley Church, Melbourne. His George Higinbotham near the treasury is less successful. Other examples of Montford's work are the memorials to Carlo Catani (St Kilda), William Benjamin Chaffey (Mildura), Sir Ross Macpherson Smith (Adelaide), and 'Pioneer Women' (Sydney). Montford is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne by "Atalanta", the "Spirit of Anzac", and two busts, and he is also represented in the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide. He provided a model from which a portrait bust of Socrates was carved for the University of Western Australia by Victor Wager in 1932.

These panels represented various aspects of the Australian economic life:

Ten shilling note featured the manufacturing industry
One pound note featured the pastroral industry
Five pound note featured commerce
Ten pound note featured the agricultural industry
Fifty pound note depicted the mining industry
One hundred pound note was themed on the dairy industry

*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.


Obverse:George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 11 December 1936 until his death.

Reverse:Dock  workers on the Hawksbury River in New South Wales.

Watermark:Captain Cook in left hand oval . The word ’Five’ also sits behind each of the signatories.

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