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1966 Australia One Dollar Note – AAA – First Prefix


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Here is a note that any serious collector would love to have in their collection. Pure magic. It is from the very first run of paper one dollar notes and in the first quarter million printed.

Purchased as aUNC this note has only one small fleck above the serial number. Apart from that the note is clean, crisp and has good corners.

For the serious investor it adds true value to the portfolio. Scarce and hard to find today.

A rare and beautiful banknote that deserves your attention.





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Obverse: Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is the queen regnant of 16 independent sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms, listed here in order of length of possession by the Crown: 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, and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. As a constitutional monarch, she is politically neutral and by convention her role is largely ceremonial.

Reverse: David Malangi (1927 – 27 June 1998) was an Indigenous AustralianYolngu artist from the Northern Territory. He was one of the most well known bark painters from Arnhem Land and a significant figure in contemporary Indigenous Australian art. The reproduction of one of his designs appeared on the Australian one dollar note in 1966. (originally without his knowledge – when he became aware of this, he was given financial compensation). The payment by the Reserve Bank of Australia to Malangi began issues of Aboriginal copyright in Australia. He was born at Mulanga, on the east bank of the Glyde River. He painted on clear, red ochre or black backgrounds. He used much broader and bolder brushstrokes than other Arnhem Land bark painters. His work includes depictions of the sea eagle, crow, snake and goanna. He represented Australia at the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1983. He contributed ten hollow logs for the Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia in 1988. He travelled to New York in 1988 as part of the Dreamings exhibition of Aboriginal art. In July 2004 an exhibition opened of David Malangi’s work at the National Gallery of Australia called No Ordinary Place

Watermark: Captain Cook in left panelThe Art Of David Malangi.About David Malangi. David Malangi Art Thumbs.


During the note’s issue, between its introduction and 1974, The note bore “Commonwealth of Australia” as the identification of country. At least 680,000,000 notes were printed in this time period. After 1974 and until the dollar coin was introduced in 1984, the note bore “Australia” as its identification of country. Around 1,020,000,000 such notes were printed after 1974.

The Australian one dollar note was designed by Gordon Andrews, the design being accepted in April 1964. The note features Queen Elizabeth II wearing Garter robes on the obverse with the Australian Coat of Arms. This portrait was based on a photo taken by Douglas Glass. The reverse of the note features Aboriginal Contemporary Art, created by David Malangi. The artwork depicts the ‘mortuary feast’ of one of the artist’s creation ancestors, Gunmirringu, the great Ancestral Hunter. The Manharrngu people attribute this story as the origin of their mortuary rites.

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

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