The 2 NPA folders on offer here feature 2 mint UNC $20 Fraser and Cole signature banknotes with consecutively numbered special release red serialing M 00.
They are each with an 80th Anniversary Folder and the notes have a 1913-1993 OvPT in celebration of the introduction of the first ever predecimal commonwealth banknotes.
This issue had a mintage of less than 5,000 notes which were printed with the special red serialing and the red overprint .
They were the 2nd last series of paper $20 banknotes ever released before being replaced with the Fraser and Evan signatories just prior to the introduction of polymer banknotes.
Given the very limited mintage this $20 NPA Folder Issue makes for a great investment and will appeal likewise to anyone looking for something more unusual within their portfolio.
Both folders were purchased new but the serial numbers on the folders do not match the notes. This is possibly a packaging error by NPA but it makes them even more unusual.
Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935), often called Charles Kingsford Smith, or by his nickname Smithy, was a well-known early Australian aviator. In 1928, he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States. He also made a flight from Australia to London, and set a new record of 10.5 days.
Lawrence Hargrave (29 January 1850 – 14 July 1915) was an engineer, explorer, astronomer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer.
Hargrave had been interested in experiments of all kinds from an early age, particularly those to do with flying machines. When his father died in 1885, and Hargrave came into his inheritance, he resigned from the observatory to concentrate on full-time research. and for a time gave particular attention to the flight of birds. He chose to live and experiment with his flying machines in Stanwell Park, a place which offers excellent wind and hang conditions and nowadays is the most famous hang gliding and paragliding place in Australia.
In his career, Hargrave invented many devices, but never applied for a patent on any of them: he did not need the money, and he was a passionate believer in scientific communication as a key to furthering progress.
Watermark: Captain Cook in left panel
Full name Charles Edward Kingsford Smith
Born 9 February 1897 Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland
Died 8 November 1935 (aged 38) Andaman Sea
Cause of death Crashed in the sea off Burma
Nationality British subject / Australian
First non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland
England to Australia air race
Australian Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
World War I
Air Commodore (honorary)
Air Force Cross
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only