A & B $20 RED Serials were originally derived as singles that were cut up from Limited Edition uncut sheet, as a result they are very rare.
The 1,000 Mintage per prefix with early A & B 1st & 2nd prefix numbers both highly desirable.
Here we offer 2 consecutive numbered pairs of this extremely limited print run. A fabulous addition to any portfolio.
Obverse: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.
Reverse:An engraving of Lawrence Hargrave alongside a number of his gliders appeared on the reverse of the Australian $20 banknote from 1966 to 1994. There is a memorial to him at Bald Hill overlooking Stanwell Park beach. A centenary celebration and reenactment was held to commemorate the manlift in November 1994 at Stanwell Park. The Lawrence Hargrave Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Sydney University and the Hargrave-Andrew Engineering and Sciences library at Monash University are named in his honour. Australian commercial air-carrier QANTAS named it’s fifth wide body A-380 aircraft VH-OQE after Lawrence Hargrave.
Watermark: Captain Cook in left panel
A Year In History when:
6 February – Elections in Western Australia see the ALP government of Carmen Lawrence voted out and the Liberal Party voted in. Richard Court becomes the new premier.
7 March – Two prisoners, Peter Gibb and Archie Butterley, escape from the Melbourne Remand Centre with the help of prison officer Heather Parker.
13 March – Paul Keating and the ALP win the federal ‘unwinnable election’ and are re-elected for a fifth term in power.
4 August – Coles Myer announces a $4 billion expansion plan creating 100,000 new jobs & spanning five years.
28 August – HMAS Collins is officially launched at a ceremony by the RAN and announced by Paul Keating
23 September – The IOC selects Sydney to be the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics
11 December – Dean Brown and the Liberal Party win the South Australian elections, winning government from Lynn Arnold and the ALP.
*All details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.