Here is a great opportunity to acquire two rare fifty dollar notes in uncirculated condition. These notes are the last prefix $50 paper banknote and the first prefix $50 polymer banknote.
The notes are presented in a lovely Note Printing Australia folder which is embossed with a star and the inscription, “First day of issue 4 October 1995”.
The notes are both uncirculated and have not been removed from their protective sleeves even for the pictures listed here.
Rennicks catalogue value for these 2 notes in 2011 was $890.
A solid investment for any portfolio and folder encompassing a historic moment in Australian numismatics.
Fifty Dollars Paper:
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.
Fifty Dollars Polymer:
Obverse:David Unaipon (28 September 1872, Point Mcleay (Raukkan) Mission – 7 February 1967) was an Australian Aboriginal of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. Today, he is featured on the Australian $50 note in commemoration. David Unaipon was awarded ten patents, including a shearing machine, but did not have enough money to get his inventions developed. He was also known as the Australian Leonardo da Vinci for his mechanical ideas, which included anticipatory drawings for a helicopter design based on the principle of a boomerang and his research into harnessing the secret of perpetual motion.
Reverse:Dame Edith Cowan (1861–1932) is best remembered as the very first woman member of the Australian parliament. She was, however, a true Australian pioneer in many ways being a social worker, feminist and politician.On 4 October 1995 a new set of polymer banknotes were released, these were immediately nicknamed ‘pineapples. Designed by Brian Sadgrove, the new fifty dollar note features a portrait of Indigenous Australian author and inventor David Unaipon on the front, along with drawings from one of his inventions, and an extract from the original manuscript of his Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines. On the back is a portrait of Edith Cowan, first female member of any Australian parliament, along with a picture of Western Australia’s original Parliament House, and an illustration of a foster mother and children.
Watermark: Captain Cook in left panel
Edith Cowan University (ECU) is an Australian public university located in Perth, Western Australia. It was named after the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament, Edith Cowan, and is the only Australian university named after a woman.
ECU is situated in Western Australia, with approximately 20,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, approximately 4000 of whom are international students originating from over 90 countries outside Australia.
ECU was granted university status in 1991 and was formed from an amalgamation of teachers’ colleges with a history dating back to 1902 when the Claremont Teachers College was established; making ECU the modern descendant of the first institution of higher education in Western Australia.
The university offers more than 400 courses across two metropolitan campuses, in Mount Lawley and Joondalup, and a regional campus in the South West, Bunbury, 200 km south of Perth; with some courses also offered for study off-campus (Distance Education). Additionally, the university has partnerships with several education institutions to conduct courses and programs offshore.
Divisions of note include the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), recognised as one of Australia’s prestigious performing arts training academies; the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine which offers the largest undergraduate nursing program in WA; and the School of Education which offers the widest range of secondary teaching specialisations within WA. The university is the largest provider of Psychology and Community Studies courses in Western Australia. ECU is also home to the WA Screen Academy.
*All details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.