r405 – Mc185 # 1974 Phillips/Wheeler Twenty Dollar Banknotes

Australia
r405 1974 Phillips/Wheeler Twenty Dollar Banknotes

Obverse Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith
Reverse Lawrence Hargrave
Signatories J. G. Phillips, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia
F. H. Wheeler, Secretary to the Treasury
Size 160.02mm [width] 81.28mm [height]
Composition Paper
Watermark Captain Cook in left panel
Serial Numbers Prefix XGY 960001 to XLH 999999

Notes : The Commonwealth of Australia logo at the top of the note was replaced by Australia.

According to Michael Vort-Ronald’s publication Australian Decimal Banknotes : Paper Issues [Second edition, 2000, ISBN 0958758093] the change took place following a directive of then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, that where possible, references to the ‘Commonwealth of Australia’ should be changed to ‘Australia’ in official descriptions generally. Mr Whitlam believed that the term ‘Commonwealth’ no longer carried the same sort of relevance in the 1970s, in particular because of its associations with “British Commonwealth” and “Commonwealth of Nations”.

The Government reviewed the wording in 1977 but decided not to direct the Reserve Bank to change it due to the cost involved and other factors, such as consistency in the use of ‘Australia’ on both banknotes and coins.

Auction Prices
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2012 [87] 158
2013 154 [84] 114
2014 183
2015  26  28  86 170
2016  30  [54]64  [104]111  290
2017
First serial prefix XGY # r405F – Mc185a
r405 1974 Phillips/Wheeler Twenty Twenty Dollar Banknotes
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Last serial prefix XLH # r404L – Mc185b
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