A truly superb run of 4 mint condition Stevens and Henry Twenty Dollar banknotes from Australia which are quickly gaining value as a collectible numismatic item.
Clean. fresh and crisp. This sequential run of notes will sit well in any portfolio.
The market for notes like these is strengthening rapidly.
Don’t miss a great opportunity here.
1. 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.
2. The 20 dollar note embraces these following security features:
3. Within the clear window is printed a stylised image of a compass along with embossing of the number 20. These can be seen seen from either side of the note.
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.
5. When the note is held up to the light an image of the Australian Coat of Arms can be seen under other printing.
6. The words TWENTY DOLLARS are microprinted and can be seen with the aid of a magnifying glass.
7. Slightly raised printing (intaglio) which can be felt with the fingers is used for the portraits and other major design elements.
8. Highly intricate multi-coloured fine-line patterns and images appear on each side.
9. Each notes serial number is printed twice, in black on the reverse 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 its production followed by a further six numerals. Under ultra-violet light, these serial numbers fluoresce.
10. Under ultra-violet light the notes denominational patch showing the number 20 becomes visible on the back of the note.
Obverse: Mary Reibey (12 May, 1777 – 30 May, 1855) was an Englishwoman who was transported to Australia as a convict but went on to become a successful businesswoman in Sydney. Mary Reibey, baptised Molly Haydock, was born on 12 May 1777 in Bury, Lancashire, England. Following the death of her parents, she was reared by a grandmother and sent into service. She ran away, and was arrested for horse stealing in August 1791. At the time, she was disguised as a man and was going under the name of James Burrow. Sentenced to seven years’ transportation, she arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the HMAS Royal Admiral in October 1792.
Reverse: The Reverend John Flynn, OBE (25 November 1880 – 5 May 1951) was an Australian Presbyterian minister and aviator who founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s first air ambulance. Flynn was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1933. He is featured on one side of the current Australian 20 dollar note. The federal seat of Flynn in Queensland was created by the Australian Electoral Commission in 2006. Qantas has recently announced that they will be naming one of their Airbus A380’s after John Flynn in recognition of his contribution to the aviation industry and particularly to his achievement of founding the Royal Australian Flying Doctors Service.
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.
Transcript of JOHN FLYNN
“FLYNN OF THE INLAND” In 1912, he established the Australian Inland Mission to minister to the spiritual, social and medical needs of people in the Outback. In 1927, QANTAS and the Aerial Medical Service signed an agreement to operate an aerial ambulance from Cloncurry, Queensland. He was quoted as saying, “Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers but for powers equal to your tasks.”
“If you start something worthwhile – nothing can stop it.¨
John Flynn created the Flying doctor service to help those in need in the inland of Australia. He is referred to as “Flynn of the inland” as he lived most of his life in the outback and dedicated his life to helping those who lived in rural Australia. Flynn, was twice Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church. In May 1950, Flynn attended what was to be his last Flying Doctor Council meeting; sadly he died of cancer in May the following year. Flynn was cremated and his ashes placed at rest under the Flynn Memorial, just west of Alice Springs at Mount Gillen – the very centre of the vast territory to which he brought communication, medical comfort and pastoral care.