A fascinating note.
Firstly it has the repeater serial number – 153 153
It also has a small print error of a blue spot from ink transference on the cheek of Mary Gilmore.
Some creasing is also eveident.
For the true collector who enjoys more unusual variations it is a hard note to pass up.
A remarkable banknote in every way with abundant security features.
This note had some extremely special features built into it as security against forgery. It was a world first and makes these notes highly desirable as collectors items. Collectors value numerous variations of this note. The 10 dollar note embraces these following security features:
1. Within the clear window is a stylised windmill along with embossing of a wave pattern which can be seen from either side of the note.
2. When the note is held up to the light you will see a seven pointed star within a circle which is formed, by four points on one side of the note that combine perfectly with three points on the other.
3. When the note is held to the light an image of the Australian Coat of Arms can be seen under other printing.
4. Slightly raised printing (intaglio) can be felt with your fingers, this is used on selected parts of the design such as the portraits of Dame Mary Gilmore and Banjo Paterson, the word Australia and the numeral 10.
5. On one side of the note, verse from the poem The Man from Snowy River are microprinted in the area surrounding Banjo Paterson’s portrait and can be seen with the aid of a magnifying glass. Between each stanza of the poem are the words TEN DOLLARS.
6. On the other side of the note verse from the poem No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest are microprinted around Dame Mary Gilmore and can be seen with the aid of a magnifying glass. Between each stanza are the words TEN DOLLARS.
7. Intricate multi-coloured fine-line patterns and images appear on each side of the note.
8. The serial number of each note is printed twice in blue on the back of the note. A different font is used for each serial number. The alpha prefix of two letters is followed by two numerals representing the year of the production, followed by a further six numerals. Under ultra-violet light, these serial numbers fluoresce.
Obverse:Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941) was a famous Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood. Paterson’s more notable poems include “Waltzing Matilda”, “The Man from Snowy River” and “Clancy of the Overflow”.
Reverse:Dame Mary Jean Gilmore DBE (16 August 1865 – 3 December 1962) was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist. In 1890, Gilmore moved to Sydney, where she became part of the “Bulletin school” of radical writers. Although the greatest influence on her work was Henry Lawson it was A. G. Stephens, literary editor of The Bulletin, who published her verse and established her reputation as a fiery radical poet, champion of the workers and the oppressed.
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 Device in the bottom corner.
Mary Jean Cameron was born on 16 August 1865 at Cotta Walla near Goulburn, New South Wales. When she was one year old her parents, Donald and Mary Ann, decided to move to Wagga Wagga to join her maternal grandparents, the Beatties, who had moved there from Penrith, New South Wales in 1866.
Her father obtained a job as a station manager at a property at Cowabbie, 100 km north of Wagga. A year later, he left that job to become a carpenter, building homesteads on properties in Wagga, Coolamon, Junee, Temora and West Wyalong for the next 10 years. This itinerant existence allowed Mary only a spasmodic formal education; however, she did receive some on their frequent returns to Wagga, either staying with the Beatties or in rented houses.
Her father purchased land and built his own house at Brucedale on the Junee Road, where they had a permanent home. She was then to attend, albeit briefly, Colin Pentland’s private Academy at North Wagga Wagga and, when the school closed, transferred to Wagga Wagga Public School for two and a half years. At 14, in preparation to become a teacher, she worked as an assistant at her uncle’s school at Yerong Creek.
After completing her teaching exams in 1882, she accepted a position as a teacher at Wagga Wagga Public School, where she worked until December 1885. After a short teaching spell at Illabo she took up a teaching position at Silverton near the mining town of Broken Hill. There Gilmore developed her socialist views and began writing poetry.
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.