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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.

The expo will also feature a display of 12 Holey Dollars, making it one of the most informative and most entertaining expos in ANDA history.

The Holey Dollar, with an initial value of Five Shillings, traces its origins to Lachlan Macquarie’s reign as governor of the New South Wales colony between 1810 and 1821.

Today, the Holey Dollar is one of Australia’s most desirable collector coins, as only about 300 exist. A third of those are held in public institutions. About 200 coins are held by private collectors.

Six out of the 12 Holey Dollars to be displayed at the expo are unique, with four on public display for the first time ever. The display will also include the Madrid Holey Dollar, which was sold in 2015 for a world record price of $550,000. Total value of the 12 Holey Dollars is in excess of $5 million.

All of the 12 Holey Dollars are among the finest of their type.

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