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1966 $20 Specimen Note Type 1 Coombs/Wilson Uncirculated

Front: Sir Charles Kingsford Smith at right

Back: Lawrence Hargrave at left

Period on Issue: 1966

Mintage: Unknown


This is an incredibly rare slice of Australian numismatic history.

To mark the introduction of Australia's new decimal currency notes in 1966, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) prepared a special album that included two examples of each of the new denominations, as well as information on their design and production. It is known that 17 albums were personally named for the recipient and signed by the Governor of the Reserve Bank, and were presented to:

●       The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Governor-General (Lord Casey), The Governor General's Wife, (Mrs. Casey), The Prime Minister (Sir Robert Menzies), The Federal Treasurer (William McMahon), The Secretary to the Treasury (Sir Roland Wilson),    President of the Senate (Sir Alister McMullin),  Speaker in the House of Representatives (Sir John McLeay), Leader of the Opposition (Arthur Calwell), The Governor of the Bank of England (Retired, Lord Cromer), The Governor of the Bank of England (Lord Cobbold), The Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Gilbert Wilson), the artist Alister Morrison, the artist Gordon Andrews and the artist Russell Drysdale.

An additional 235 albums were printed in exactly the same style, although they were not signed by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Only 191 of these albums were actually distributed, to the following people and organizations:

●       The Governor of the Reserve Bank (Sir Herbert “Nugget” Coombs), The Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, Reserve Bank Board Members, Members of the Design Panel, Major Trading, State, Savings & Foreign Banks, Commonwealth Central Banks, Other Central Banks, Libraries & other institutions in Australia & overseas, High Commissioner in London, People and Organizations on the General Manager's list (mostly printers and overseas banks), Reserve Bank Archivist, Retired Treasury officials as well as Mr. E. Kingsford Smith.

A total of 208 “Type I” specimen banknote albums were thus distributed.

If we presume that albums distributed to public collections will never be available to the collector market, it seems that at most, only 86 Type I Specimen note sets will ever be available to collectors.

Specimen banknotes are of great interest to collectors for the following reasons:

●    They are excessively rare;

●    They are printed before the commercial print run for the general public; and

●    They were generally presented to a “very restricted list of prominent persons”.

At the peak of the banknote boom, individual Type I decimal specimen notes were quite regularly bringing between $14,000 and $17,000 each. The market has now eased of course, however certainly seems to be lifting off the bottom. Three of the four most recent auction results for Type I specimen notes were between $5,128 and $4,770.

Some doomsayers will say that the supply of these notes has escalated dramatically since mid-2012 - the reality just doesn't match that perception.

If we take the Type I specimen $20 note, only 2 examples have been seen at auction in 2021. 2 were seen in 2020, just 1 in 2019 and just 3 in 2018.

Given how important these notes are to any collector of Australian paper decimal notes, I hardly see that as being a flood!

We haven't seen individual Type I decimal specimen notes trade in their current price range since the early 1990's, very few sets had been split up by that time, so individual notes were far and few between back then.

This note remains in pristine condition - it is devoid of any creases, flicks or folds, and has an attractive sheen.

It remains as exclusive, rare and historic as it did when comparable notes were selling for more than $14,000 each, and has to be excellent value for money.

SKU: 19152

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Coin Name Reverse Obverse Price Status
1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Extremely Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Extremely Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Extremely Fine $1,250.00 Available Now View Product
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1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 good EF 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 good EF 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 good EF $1,250.00 Available Now View Product
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1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 good VF 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 good VF 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 good VF $725.00 Available Now View Product
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1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall R403 Uncirculated 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall R403 Uncirculated 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall R403 Uncirculated $325.00 Available Now View Product
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1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F about EF 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F about EF 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F about EF $375.00 Available Now View Product
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1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F good VF 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F good VF 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F good VF $275.00 Available Now View Product
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1968 $20 Star Note Phillips/Randall R403s good VF 1968 $20 Star Note Phillips/Randall R403s good VF 1968 $20 Star Note Phillips/Randall R403s good VF $2,750.00 Available Now View Product
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1972 $20 Note Commonwealth of Australia Phillips/Wheeler R404 Uncirculated 1972 $20 Note Commonwealth of Australia Phillips/Wheeler R404 Uncirculated 1972 $20 Note Commonwealth of Australia Phillips/Wheeler R404 Uncirculated $325.00 Available Now View Product
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1976 $20 Note Gothic Serials Centre Thread Knight/Wheeler R406A Uncirculated 1976 $20 Note Gothic Serials Centre Thread Knight/Wheeler R406A Uncirculated 1976 $20 Note Gothic Serials Centre Thread Knight/Wheeler R406A Uncirculated $325.00 Available Now View Product
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1976 $20 Note Gothic Serials Side Thread Knight/Wheeler R406B Uncirculated 1976 $20 Note Gothic Serials Side Thread Knight/Wheeler R406B Uncirculated 1976 $20 Note Gothic Serials Side Thread Knight/Wheeler R406B Uncirculated $425.00 Available Now View Product
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1976 $20 Note Run of 4 Gothic Centre Knight/Wheeler R406A about Unc 1976 $20 Note Run of 4 Gothic Centre Knight/Wheeler R406A about Unc 1976 $20 Note Run of 4 Gothic Centre Knight/Wheeler R406A about Unc $395.00 Available Now View Product
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1979 $20 Note Gothic Serials Side Thread Knight/Stone R407A Uncirculated 1979 $20 Note Gothic Serials Side Thread Knight/Stone R407A Uncirculated 1979 $20 Note Gothic Serials Side Thread Knight/Stone R407A Uncirculated $150.00 Available Now View Product
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1979 $20 Note OCR-B Serials Side Thread Knight/Stone R407B Uncirculated 1979 $20 Note OCR-B Serials Side Thread Knight/Stone R407B Uncirculated 1979 $20 Note OCR-B Serials Side Thread Knight/Stone R407B Uncirculated $295.00 Available Now View Product
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1983 $20 Note Johnston/Stone R408 Uncirculated 1983 $20 Note Johnston/Stone R408 Uncirculated 1983 $20 Note Johnston/Stone R408 Uncirculated $140.00 Available Now View Product
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1985 $20 Note OCR-B Serials Side Thread Johnston/Fraser R409A Uncirculated 1985 $20 Note OCR-B Serials Side Thread Johnston/Fraser R409A Uncirculated 1985 $20 Note OCR-B Serials Side Thread Johnston/Fraser R409A Uncirculated $75.00 Available Now View Product
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1988 $20 Note Gothic Serials Johnston/Fraser R409B Uncirculated 1988 $20 Note Gothic Serials Johnston/Fraser R409B Uncirculated 1988 $20 Note Gothic Serials Johnston/Fraser R409B Uncirculated $675.00 Available Now View Product
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1989 $20 Note Phillips/Fraser R411 Uncirculated 1989 $20 Note Phillips/Fraser R411 Uncirculated 1989 $20 Note Phillips/Fraser R411 Uncirculated $125.00 Available Now View Product
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1990 $20 Error Note Fraser/Higgins R412 Inverted Sheet PCGS VF30 PPQ 1990 $20 Error Note Fraser/Higgins R412 Inverted Sheet PCGS VF30 PPQ 1990 $20 Error Note Fraser/Higgins R412 Inverted Sheet PCGS VF30 PPQ $295.00 Available Now View Product
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1990 $20 Note Fraser/Higgins R412 Uncirculated 1990 $20 Note Fraser/Higgins R412 Uncirculated 1990 $20 Note Fraser/Higgins R412 Uncirculated $110.00 Available Now View Product
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1991 $20 Note Fraser/Cole R413 Uncirculated 1991 $20 Note Fraser/Cole R413 Uncirculated 1991 $20 Note Fraser/Cole R413 Uncirculated $50.00 Available Now View Product
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1993 $20 Note AAA serials Fraser/Evans R415A Uncirculated 1993 $20 Note AAA serials Fraser/Evans R415A Uncirculated 1993 $20 Note AAA serials Fraser/Evans R415A Uncirculated $150.00 Available Now View Product
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1993 $20 Note Paper Fraser/Evans R415 Uncirculated 1993 $20 Note Paper Fraser/Evans  R415 Uncirculated 1993 $20 Note Paper Fraser/Evans  R415 Uncirculated $75.00 Available Now View Product
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Australian Paper $20 Note Issued 1974 ~ 1995 Great Condition Australian Paper $20 Note Issued 1974 ~ 1995 Great Condition Australian Paper $20 Note Issued 1974 ~ 1995 Great Condition $25.00 Available Now View Product
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1966 $20 Note Consecutive Trio Coombs/Wilson R401 good EF 1966 $20 Note Consecutive Trio Coombs/Wilson R401 good EF 1966 $20 Note Consecutive Trio Coombs/Wilson R401 good EF $143.75
Last sold for this price on 3/3/2023
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1966 $20 Note Coombs/Wilson R401 Uncirculated 1966 $20 Note Coombs/Wilson R401 Uncirculated 1966 $20 Note Coombs/Wilson R401 Uncirculated $85.00
Last sold for this price on 30/11/2023
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1966 $20 Note Coombs/Wilson R401 Uncirculated 1966 $20 Note Coombs/Wilson R401 Uncirculated 1966 $20 Note Coombs/Wilson R401 Uncirculated $75.00
Last sold for this price on 10/2/2020
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1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F about EF 1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F about EF 1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F about EF $75.00
Last sold for this price on 14/2/2020
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1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F Extremely Fine 1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F Extremely Fine 1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F Extremely Fine $130.00
Last sold for this price on 25/6/2021
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1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F Fine 1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F Fine 1966 $20 Note XAA First Prefix Coombs/Wilson R401F Fine $57.50
Last sold for this price on 25/5/2023
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1966 $20 Specimen Note Type 1 Coombs/Wilson Uncirculated 1966 $20 Specimen Note Type 1 Coombs/Wilson Uncirculated 1966 $20 Specimen Note Type 1 Coombs/Wilson Uncirculated $3,100.00
Last sold for this price on 26/5/2021
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1966 $5 Specimen Note Type 1 Coombs/Wilson Uncirculated 1966 $5 Specimen Note Type 1 Coombs/Wilson Uncirculated 1966 $5 Specimen Note Type 1 Coombs/Wilson Uncirculated $3,000.00
Last sold for this price on 24/5/2021
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1968 $20 Note Consecutive Pair Coombs/Randall R402 Extremely Fine 1968 $20 Note Consecutive Pair Coombs/Randall R402 Extremely Fine 1968 $20 Note Consecutive Pair Coombs/Randall R402 Extremely Fine $1,100.00
Last sold for this price on 11/2/2021
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1968 $20 Note Consecutive Trio Coombs/Randall R402 good EF 1968 $20 Note Consecutive Trio Coombs/Randall R402 good EF 1968 $20 Note Consecutive Trio Coombs/Randall R402 good EF $4,000.00
Last sold for this price on 12/8/2022
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1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 about EF 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 about EF 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 about EF $275.00
Last sold for this price on 13/2/2021
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1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Fine $160.00
Last sold for this price on 18/12/2023
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1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Good Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Good Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Good Fine $160.00
Last sold for this price on 21/9/2020
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1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Very Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Very Fine 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Very Fine $495.00
Last sold for this price on 12/11/2023
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1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Very Good 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Very Good 1968 $20 Note Coombs/Randall R402 Very Good $150.00
Last sold for this price on 3/9/2023
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1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F Fine 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F Fine 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F Fine $125.00
Last sold for this price on 16/3/2024
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1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F good EF 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F good EF 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F good EF $395.00
Last sold for this price on 25/7/2023
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1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F Very Fine 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F Very Fine 1968 $20 Note Phillips/Randall XBS First Prefix R403F Very Fine $270.00
Last sold for this price on 11/9/2023
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1968 $20 Star Note Phillips/Randall R403s Very Good 1968 $20 Star Note Phillips/Randall R403s Very Good 1968 $20 Star Note Phillips/Randall R403s Very Good $820.00
Last sold for this price on 10/12/2023
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1974 $20 Note Australia Phillips/Wheeler R405 Uncirculated 1974 $20 Note Australia Phillips/Wheeler R405 Uncirculated 1974 $20 Note Australia Phillips/Wheeler R405 Uncirculated $295.00
Last sold for this price on 3/3/2021
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1989 $20 Note Phillips/Fraser EYD Last Prefix R411L good VF 1989 $20 Note Phillips/Fraser EYD Last Prefix R411L good VF 1989 $20 Note Phillips/Fraser EYD Last Prefix R411L good VF $110.00
Last sold for this price on 24/6/2020
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1991 $20 Consecutive Run of 9 Notes Fraser/Cole R413 good EF 1991 $20 Consecutive Run of 9 Notes Fraser/Cole R413 good EF 1991 $20 Consecutive Run of 9 Notes Fraser/Cole R413 good EF $250.00
Last sold for this price on 2/6/2023
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1991 $20 Note AAA serials Fraser/Cole R413A Uncirculated 1991 $20 Note AAA serials Fraser/Cole R413A Uncirculated 1991 $20 Note AAA serials Fraser/Cole R413A Uncirculated $150.00
Last sold for this price on 24/7/2023
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1991 $20 Note Bundle Fraser/Cole R413 Uncirculated 1991 $20 Note Bundle Fraser/Cole R413 Uncirculated 1991 $20 Note Bundle Fraser/Cole R413 Uncirculated $4,750.00
Last sold for this price on 16/2/2024
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1991 $20 Note Fraser/Cole R413 Wet Ink Transfer Error about EF 1991 $20 Note Fraser/Cole R413 Wet Ink Transfer Error about EF 1991 $20 Note Fraser/Cole R413 Wet Ink Transfer Error about EF $750.00
Last sold for this price on 27/10/2023
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1993 $20 Note ADK Last Paper Prefix Fraser/Evans R415L Uncirculated 1993 $20 Note ADK Last Paper Prefix Fraser/Evans R415L Uncirculated 1993 $20 Note ADK Last Paper Prefix Fraser/Evans R415L Uncirculated $95.00
Last sold for this price on 14/2/2023
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