1939 Sheehan/McFarlane Five Pound Banknote
|Obverse||George V & Coat of Arms|
|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
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.
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