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1969 Australia One Dollar Note – ARE

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This note is in mint UNC condition and will add guaranteed value to any collection.

Stunning to look at.  Paper is crisp and fresh.

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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: Aboriginal Art Theme by David Malangi (1927 – 27 June 1998) was an Indigenous Australian Yolngu artist from the Northern Territory. The Yolngu (or Yol?u) are an Indigenous Australian people inhabiting north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Yolngu vfwvrally means “person” in the language spoken by the people. One of the most well known bark painters from Arnhem Land. The reproduction of one of his designs was produced 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.

Watermark: Captain Cook in left panelAll biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only


The Reserve Bank of Australia needed images for the new decimal currency introduced in 1966. An image of Malangi’s, featuring Gurrmirringu’s mortuary feast, was chosen for the reverse side of the one dollar note. Malangi and his community were unaware that his bark painting design was used on the new currency until after it was distributed, and appealed to the Reserve Bank for appropriate recognition. The Bank’s Governor, Dr H. C. Coombs,corrected this mistake; Malangi was paid for the use of the image and presented with a specially struck medallion. This was the first recognition of copyright for Indigenous artists’ designs in Australia.

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