What a truly superb example here of the special tender 2001 Federation $5 bank note from Australia.
This particular example is flawless and is as fresh as the day it was printed.
if your looking to build an investment portfolio using only rock solid examples then this note fits the bill.
Despite the numerous examples available these notes are still a part of a very small print run.
Future values will rise with time.
The Federation 5 dollar note incorporates these very special security features:
1. The clear window contains an embossing of the number ‘5’. Part of this window is mauve coloured in appearance.
2. Very slightly raised printing can be felt by running your finger or fingernail across the main design elements, such as the portraits, the notes denomination numeral and the word Australia.
3. The words of Parkes’ Tenterfield speech (Obverse) and ‘Advance Australia Fair’ (Reverse) are reproduced in microprint and can be read with the aid of a magnifying glass.
4. When the note is held up to the light, a seven pointed star within a circle is formed by four points on one side of the note combining perfectly with three points on the other side.
5. A hidden number ‘5’ below the small printed triangle in the bottom right hand corner of the back of the note is revealed when that area of the note is viewed through the mauve coloured area of the clear window. To see this better fold the note so that the triangle in the window is on top of, and in direct contact with, the printed triangle. To accentuate the effect, move the triangle in the window around the printed triangle.
6. Intricate, multi-coloured, fine-line patterns and images appear on both sides of the note.
7. The serial number of each note is printed vertically on the reverse side of the note. Under ultraviolet light the serial number is fluorescent.
8. Under ultraviolet light on the reverse of the note, the stars of the Southern Cross, the sunburst, the yellow orientation bars at the top and bottom of the note, and the wattle flowers will all fluoresce. There is a spray of wattle leaves and the numeral ‘5’, that are normally not visible, which also become visible under ultraviolet light.
Obverse: Sir Henry Parkes, GCMG (27 May 1815 – 27 April 1896) was an Australian statesman, the “Father of Federation.”
As the earliest advocate of a Federal Council of the then colonies of Australia, a precursor to the Federation of Australia, he is generally considered the most prominent of the Australian Founding Fathers. Parkes was described during his lifetime by The Times as “the most commanding figure in Australian politics”. Alfred Deakin described him as “though not rich or versatile, his personality was massive, durable and imposing, resting upon elementary qualities of human nature elevated by a strong mind. He was cast in the mould of a great man and though he suffered from numerous pettinesses, spites and failings, he was in himself a large-brained self-educated Titan whose natural field was found in Parliament and whose resources of character and intellect enabled him in his later years to overshadow all his contemporaries”.
Reverse: Catherine Helen Spence (31 October 1825 – 3 April 1910) was an Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician and leading suffragette. In 1897 she became Australia’s first female political candidate after standing (unsuccessfully) for the Federal Convention held in Adelaide. Known as the “Greatest Australian Woman” and given the epitaph “Grand Old Woman of Australasia”, Spence is commemorated on the Australian 5 dollar note issued for the Centenary of Federation of Australia. Spence was born in Melrose, Scotland, as the fifth child in a family of eight. In 1839, following sudden financial difficulties, the family emigrated to South Australia, arriving in November 1839 at a time when the colony had experienced several years of drought and the contrast to her native Scotland made her “inclined to go and cut my throat”. Nevertheless, the family endured seven months “encampment” growing wheat on an eighty acre (32 ha) selection before moving to Adelaide.
Watermark: With the introduction of the new polymer banknotes we saw the end of the customary watermark. It was replaced with a Variable Optical Security Devices.
Seven reasons why Sir Henry Parkes matters:
His rags to riches tale – born into poverty, Parkes was the youngest of seven children. He had very little formal education after the age of eight. He suffered early setbacks with business failure in England, and came to Australia as a penniless immigrant in 1839.
His early determination and hard work – despite hardship and supporting a young family, Parkes worked odd jobs as a farm labourer, a factory worker, an ivory-turner and importer, shopkeeper and journalist.
He held ideas and ideals – he started a newspaper (The Empire) and helped set up the Australian League to educate people about the rights and duties of citizens in a democracy. He fought for jobs and fair wages by opposing the free labour sourced through convict transportation. He argued for universal suffrage.
He stood for public office often without personal gain – he sought out and was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1854 and represented his constituents for long periods without pay. He actually left public office on a number of occasions to stave off personal bankruptcy and financial problems.
He worked his way to the top – while his political career started quietly enough, his work chairing a committee to investigate the condition of the working classes (particularly his concern for the condition of children) raised his profile. He also led the creation of nursing as a profession, and was instrumental in education reform. This saw him eventually rise to the top in 1872 (Parkes went on to serve five terms of Premier of New South Wales).
He developed a great speech making ability – despite his lack of education in early life, Parkes developed a great sense of oratory to inspire, unite and impel his audiences to action. He didn’t always get his way, but many of his words and speeches linger long in Australian history. His Tenterfield Oration in 1889 was possibly the most influential speech that eventually led to the uniting of the colonies and Federation of the nation of Australia.
He led to the creation of Centennial Park – and plenty of other public spaces, facilities and services, but Centennial Park was one of his crowning achievements. The Park was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of European settlement in the colony, and at its opening in 1888, Parkes gave it the nickname “the People’s Park”.