£5 from 1913 to 1927

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1914 Collins/Allen Five Pound Banknote

r36b 1914 Collins/Allen Five Pound Banknotes

ObverseCoat of Arms
ReverseHawkesbury River, N.S.W
SignatoriesJames R. Collins, Assistant Secretary
Geo. T Allen, Secretary to the Treasury
Size170.18mm [width] 106.68mm [height]
CompositionPaper
WatermarkNone
Serial NumbersPrefix of U or V with Black Serials
U 693443 to V 1000000

Notes :
Following the discovery of forgeries of the first Commonwealth of Australia five pound notes in 1914, steps were taken to modify the design. A mosaic of 5’s was added to the reverse of the note and the horizontal red and yellow bands prominent on the first design were replaced by a vertical phasing from purple through to yellow and back again.

1927 Riddle/Heathershaw Five Pound Banknote

r41 1927 Riddle/Heathershaw Five Pound Banknotes

ObverseCoat of Arms
ReverseHawkesbury River, N.S.W
SignatoriesE. C. Riddle, Chairman of Directors, Note Issue Department
J. Heathershaw, Secretary to the Treasury
Size180.34mm [width] 78.74mm [height]
CompositionPaper – 75 gsm
WatermarkLight basketweave around edges and ’£5’ (twice) in centre
Dark ’Commonwealth’ above and ’Australia’ below centre
Serial NumbersPrefix letter Q over numeral
Q/11 290001 to Q/12

Notes :
The first Riddle/Heathershaw five pound notes were mistakenly printed with the former title of Chairman of Directors, Note Issue Department instead of Governor, Commonwealth Bank. The mistake was quickly rectified resulting in this rare issue. The serial numbers used for the Note Issue Department type were within the range used for the Commonwealth Bank type, however, prefixes of only Q/11 or Q/12 occur.