Australian Superscribed Banknotes Book by Mick Vort Ronald
Third edition; black and white; self-published; 120 pages
This is the definitive guide to market activity in Australia's first national paper currency notes.
The “Treasury” series of Commonwealth notes issued from 1913 have long been regarded by the vast majority of Australian note collectors as the first notes issued by Australia’s Commonwealth government.
Knowledgable collectors are aware that the Treasury notes are not the first - the Type I superscribed notes that were issued in 1910 were the first Australian notes issued under the authority of the Commonwealth government.
These superscribed series notes are misunderstood and under-appreciated by the majority of Australian note collectors for a number of reasons:
- Their appearance is very similar to the pre-federation notes they replaced;
- It is an incredibly complex series to fully comprehend;
- They have not been comprehensively catalogued by the popular price guides for a number of years;
- Very few collectors appreciate that the superscribed notes circulated alongside the Treasury notes for a short period of time; and
- The reasons why the Commonwealth Government assumed control of the issue of notes are not widely known.
When a particular superscribed note becomes available, a collector can ask themselves one or several of the following questions:
How has this banknote been graded previously?
What did it sell for previously?
Has it previously been included in a "named" or famous collection?
What have comparable notes sold for lately?
What were comparable notes selling for 5 years ago?
Until recently, the ability to answer questions such as these required a personal database of auction catalogues painstakingly built up over a period of time. Such a resource will not only take decades to build (and can be impossible to build retrospectively), but it can also be incredibly expensive.
The good news is that Mick Vort-Ronald has kept meticulous records on the auction sales of Australian banknotes for several decades now, leaving us with a perfect resource that can be used to look up pretty much any Australian pre-decimal banknote, as well as many scarcer decimal banknotes.
These books allow the advanced collector of Australian banknotes to quantify the rarity of the notes they have an interest in, and to see what pattern of activity they have been part of over an extended period of time.
If you have an interest in acquiring even just one Australian superscribed banknote, this book is an excellent resource worth its weight in gold, one that will prove its value time and again.
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