Australia Early Stage Composite Trial 100 Dollar Note Front Design by Max Robinson
Front: Concept I - Captain John Hunter
Appears to be simultan-printed on white paper, several small sections of black tape (?) around the portrait and the bottom right
Dimensions: 152mm * 83mm
This framed note is a unique reminder of the design process behind out circulating notes.
Born in Melbourne in 1934, Max Robinson was an aspiring artist and student in art school when he was apprenticed to Max Forbes, an accomplished Graphic Designer and mentor for many aspiring young designers.
Some years later, Max was recruited to begin work freelancing for the Reserve Bank of Australia.
In 1975 the Reserve Bank decided to develop a higher denomination for the Australian Currency series. Three designers were given the opportunity of developing concepts under the theme of Discovery. All of the proposed designs featured prominent figures in the exploration of Australia and also incorporated our native flora and fauna.
The project was to prepare concepts in accordance with a technical brief. The theme was to be Discovery, with particular focus being paid to the explorers of Colonial Australia and our iconic wildlife.
Robinson included a wide range of subjects in his concept notes, but was not successful with his tender.
Although Robinson's proposed designs were not adopted for our $100 note, he was successful in the design process for the polymer $10 note, his designs have been seen on Australia's circulating polymer notes since 1993.
The concept note we offer clear provides a clear and exclusive insight into the design process for Australia's paper $100 note. We believe this particular version is unique in private hands.
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