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The first banknote of the Commonwealth of Australia is a Ten Shillings note, issued in 1913, with the serial number ‘000001’. It was introduced during the term of Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, one of Australia’s longest serving Prime Ministers and a true visionary.

The note is a national treasure and survives today in pristine condition, as the nation’s greatest financial legacy and as a symbol of Australia’s emergence as a unified nation from a collection of former colonies.

The 1913 Ten Shillings, M000001, is the nation’s Number One Banknote. But it also is very proudly Melbourne having been created on 1 May 1913 when it was hand-impressed by the Governor General’s daughter, Judith Denman, at an official ceremony held at the King’s Warehouse in Flinders Street, Melbourne. The note was then officially presented to Judith by the Prime Minister as a memento of the occasion.

The Denman family returned to England in 1914 and Australia’s first ever Commonwealth banknote went with them. Incredibly, the existence of the Number One Note was forgotten until 1995 when it was discovered in Judith Denman’s effects, following her death, tucked away in an envelope marked in pencil with the words, “Judith’s 10/- Note May 1st 1913”.

The nation’s very first banknote is a priceless part of Australia’s heritage and is now back where it belongs, in Australia.

Our sincere thanks to the family for sharing their prized possession and allowing us to display Australia’s Number One Banknote.

It’s been years since the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra has attended an ANDA Expo.

The mint is celebrating its return to the ANDA arena with a high-tech display of its design and production process. And the appearance of world renowned designer StevanStojanovic entertaining the public with a demonstration of his skills.

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