Obverse:Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is the queen regnant of sixteen independent sovereign states known informally as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. She holds each crown separately and equally in a shared monarchy, as well as acting as Head of the Commonwealth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and Head of State of the Crown Dependencies, British overseas territories, the Realm of New Zealand and the external territories of Australia. As a constitutional monarch, she is politically neutral and by convention her role is largely ceremonial
Reverse:Portraits of Charles Sturt & Hamilton Hume.
Watermark:Captain Cook in left hand oval . The word ’One Pound’ also sits behind the signatories.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 saw the issue of a new portrait series of prominent persons in Australia’s history.
10s – Captain Matthew Flinders
£1 – Queen Elizabeth II
£5 – Rear Admiral Sir John Franklin
£10 – Admiral Arthur Phillip
£50 – Sir Henry Parkes (This note was never issued to the public. A few specimens exist in bank collections, with one in private hands.
£100 – Sir Edmund Barton (This note was never issued to the public. A few specimens exist in bank collections, with none in private hands.)
Unissued notes that were printed but never issued for circulation include two different 5-shilling notes, a 1916 with stock destroyed in 1936, and a 1946, stock destroyed in 1953. Both were printed with the reigning king’s portrait. Two fifty-pound notes were designed, one from 1939 with King George VI and a 1951 as stated above. Both stocks of the £50 note were destroyed in 1958. A 1939 £100 also exists with a brown, green and pink colouration, with stock destroyed in 1958 as well.
The last unissued note was a £1000, with specimens arriving in 1923 and kept till 1928 after a decision not to use the denomination any further. The reserve bank holds specimens of all the stated banknote denominations
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.