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2001 Five Dollars Centenary of Federation HH01

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This special tender 2001 Federation $5 bank note from Australia looks as if it just got off the bus from Note Printing Australia.

What a fantastic example of this special tender banknote in mint condition.

Clean, unmarked, crisp and as new. 

A magic addition for the perfect collection.

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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.


Catherine Helen Spence: her achievements and firsts.

The range of Catherine Helen Spence’s interests and achievements are truly amazing. She had a huge impact on the development of South Australia. As an example of what women can achieve she merits a close look. The following summary of her life’s work is adapted and reproduced here with kind permission from Suzane Fabian from The changemakers: ten significant Australian women by Suzane Fabian and Morag Loh (Milton, Qld., Jacaranda Press, 1983).

Teacher, journalist, novelist, literary critic, social reformer, political theorist and activist, educator, feminist, public speaker, lay preacher. Catherine’s name is linked with an amazing list of ‘firsts’ and activities.

First female political candidate

First fighter for effective voting

First female member of several Reform Boards

Co-founder of the first fostering-out scheme for children

Pioneering the children’s courts in Australia

First professional woman journalist in Australia

First woman novelist in Australia

Wrote the first legal studies textbook produced in Australia

Among the first to combat the squatters’ monopoly of land

Helping women workers

Progress for women within her lifetime

In the feminist cause-equality of opportunity

Combating political ignorance among women

Public speaker pioneering the public voice of women

Preaching from the pulpit

A proud free-thinker

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