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1954 Australia Ten Shillings - AF 10
This note is pretty much near to perfect.
On the Obverse just under the word Australia is a small stain which has come through on the reverse as well.
This small detraction actually means a great note at a much more affordable price.
It has good clean edges, great colour and has no tears or pinholes.
Examine the enlarged images and decide for yourself.
Captain Matthew Flinders RN was an extraordinary man for his time. He had a vision of the world the saw him become a leading navigator and cartographer of his era. His written works were so well done that he is credited with possibly being the first person to write a work on Australian exploration, "A Voyage to Terra Australis". This work was profound as became the official account of the very first English circumnavigation of Australia. Over a two year period Flinders surveyed the entire south coast of Australia from Cape Leeuwin in the West to Bass Strait on the east coast, the Gulf of Carpentaria and by his return to Port Jackson in 1803 he had completed the first circumnavigation of Australia. His nautical career formerly saw him as a midshipman on William Bligh's second voyage to the south seas. Flinders was also Sir John Franklin's uncle by marriage. He instilled in Franklin a love for navigating and took him with him on his voyage aboard the Investigator on its circumnavigation. Franklin appears on the 1960 Australia Five pound bank note. An accomplished navigator, seaman and Rear Admiral.
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.
Obverse: Captain Matthew Flinders RN (16 March 1774 – 19 July 1814) was one of the most successful navigators and cartographers of his age. In a career that spanned just over twenty years, he sailed with Captain William Bligh, circumnavigated Australia and encouraged the use of that name for the continent. He survived shipwreck and disaster only to be imprisoned for violating the terms of his scientific passport by changing ships and carrying prohibited papers. He identified and corrected the effect upon compass readings of iron components and equipment on board wooden ships and he wrote what may be the first work on early Australian exploration A Voyage to Terra Australis.
Reverse: Parliament House Canberra - After World War I the Federal Capital Advisory Committee was established to prepare Canberra to be the seat of government, including the construction of a Parliament House. The committee decided that it would be best to erect a "provisional" building, to serve for a predicted 50 years until a new, "permanent" House could be built. In the event, Old Parliament House was Parliament's home for 61 years. It was officially opened in 1927.
Watermark:Captain Cook in left hand oval . The word ’Half’ also sits behind each of the signatories.