One Hundred Pound Banknote
|1914 – 1923||Collins/Allen – r68a||Small Blue numbers|
Z000001 to at least Z 047964
|1914 – 1923||Collins/Allen – r68b||Medium Black numbers|
Z 091301 to Z 105260
|1924 – 1945||Cerutty/Collins – r69a||Suffix of Z – Bold numbers|
114841 Z to 315550 Z
|1924 – 1945||Cerutty/Collins – r69b||Prefix of Z – Medium numbers|
Z 315551 to Z 553000
Only one example of the second variety of this signature combination is known to exist in private hands. This note was offered at a Spink & Sons auction house in March 1987 and sold for $42,000. The only other notes of this variety known are in Bank and Museum collections.
The second signature combination
Only a dozen or so of these notes have been offered on the market since 1975.
The third [unissued] signature combination
An unissued £100 note was prepared in 1939, designed to supplement earlier issues of this denomination. The number of notes that were produced is not known, but it was found that they were not required, and all supplies except for a few specimens were destroyed. This brown note, with a central oval portrait of George VI, has a blank circle for watermark of Captain Cook at left, and on the right a circle with wreath enclosing the Australian coat of arms.
The back of the note shows a central panel depicting Dairying, which shows a man milking a cow, a woman carrying eggs in a basket, and a man with a yoke carrying a bucket. A calf, fowls and geese are in the foreground. It is stated that during 1958 all supplies of this note were destroyed except for a few specimens now held by the Reserve Bank of Australia.
The signatures are those of Harold John Sheehan, Governor Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Stuart Gordon McFarlane, Secretary to the Treasury. Serial numbers are Z over a 0 prefix, and a six-digit serial number.
Lot 3028 at Noble Numismatics Sale 107 [20 November, 2014] was an r69a Cerutty/Collins (1924) One Hundred Pound banknote.
It was described as “Trace of centre fold, nearly very fine and rare, an important type note”.
It sold for $107,325.
Lot 3029 at Noble Numismatics Sale 107 [20 November, 2014] was an r69b Cerutty/Collins (1924) One Hundred Pound banknote.
It was described as “Frail, flattened, centre fold perforation, otherwise very good and very rare”.
It sold for $33,390.