A special Australian first prefix Fifty Dollar banknote from 1983 is on offer here.
Near pristine paper and a very high grade for the serious collector.
This is the first of these Noteworthy Collectibles has ever offered.
Where as the 1985 Fifty Dollar notes are far more prolific in the market this Johnston / Stone series is not.
A lovely numismatic item to be treasured.
Obverse: Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey OM, FRS (24 September 1898 – 21 February 1968) was an Australian pharmacologist and pathologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Ernst Boris Chain and Sir Alexander Fleming for his role in the extraction of penicillin.
Reverse:Sir (William) Ian Clunies Ross, CMG (1899–1959) is described as the ‘architect’ of Australia’s scientific boom, for his stewardship of Australia’s scientific organisation the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – CSIRO.
Watermark: Captain Cook in left panel
As a scientist and a public figure, Clunies Ross showed special strength in exploring the interconnections between disparate phenomena. His early work involved an understanding of the relationship between host and parasite. He soon broadened his interest to the links between applied science and the pastoral industry, to the nexus between science and society, and to Australia’s place in international affairs. Using his experience of science and industry, he sought to build a richer, more diverse and better educated society, and one that would enjoy a closer involvement with other countries.
Clunies Ross was primarily concerned with the application of science, less with science for its own sake. His early research focussed on two of the most severe health problems of the pastoral industry, the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica, and the hydatid parasite, Echinococcus granulosus. In co-operation with graziers, he established field-stations to test ways of controlling parasites and to gather information about the incidence of disease. Research was also undertaken to investigate the dog tick, Ixodes holocyclus, prevalent in the bush around Sydney, and a reasonably effective method of immunizing dogs was developed. He was extension worker as much as scientist, and played an important part in building the reputation of C.S.I.R. in the pastoral districts of New South Wales. The university awarded him a D.V.Sc. (1928) for his work on hydatids, and, during his career as a researcher, he published over fifty scientific papers. With H. McL. Gordon, he wrote The Internal Parasites and Parasitic Diseases of Sheep (1936).
*All details taken from Australian Dictionary Biography for educational purposes only.