r45 – Mc67 # 1939 Sheehan/McFarlane Five Pound Banknotes

1939 Sheehan/McFarlane Five Pound Banknote

r45 1939 Sheehan/McFarlane Five Pound Banknotesr45 1939 Sheehan/McFarlane Five Pound Banknotes

Obverse George V & Coat of Arms
Reverse Commerce Scene
Signatories H. J. Sheehan, Governor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
S. G. McFarlane, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 180.34mm [width] 78.74mm [height]
Composition Paper – 77 gsm
Watermark Captain Cook in centre oval
’FIVE’ behind each signature
Serial Numbers Prefix letter R over numeral
R/20 338001 to R/34 081000

Notes :
It was three years after the death of King George V before the design on the front of the five pound note was modified. George VI’s portrait replaced that of the George V and the watermark was changed to Captain James Cook. The design of the note remained unchanged throughout his reign, with only the signatories being modified. The first signature combination – Sheehan/McFarlane – was printed in blue, while the remaining combinations until 1954 were printed in black.

Approximately 136,956,000 five pound notes were produced between 1939 and 1954 when a new design with Sir John Franklin on the front and a primary industry mural on the back was introduced.

Auction Prices
VG Fine VF EF aUNC CFU
2013 [135]1096
2014 62 450 9600 [pair]
2015 [72]95  155 280  510  [720]755
2016  44  [55]190  [93]205  [162]409  [207]521
2017

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