Rare and Collectable Australian Pre Decimal Banknotes
The elaborate and dignified images employed on Australia’s Commonwealth paper currency carry with them an air of exclusivity not captured by our nation’s coinage from the same period.
Australia's pre-decimal currency was issued between 1910 and 1966, so there are several tiers of demand to the collector market for pre-decimal notes. We see several distinct eras in Australia's paper currency - the Treasury era; the gold-bearing era, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.
Most collectors start off by collecting cheaper notes from the Elizabeth II era, and aspire to own rarer and more historic notes from earlier periods as they build experience and confidence in the market. Others will be determined to get at least one note from each era, while others will resolve to get one of each pre-decimal note ever issued.
Collectors will distinguish rarer varieties within a series by checking the type of print used, as well as the signatures and the serial numbers. A comprehensive collection of Australian pre-decimal notes can evoke memories of decades past, as well as the momentous events that shaped our national economy and society while the notes were in use.
Our staff have written a number of detailed articles on the many different kinds of pre-decimal banknotes that we handle, a number of them have been published in the Coin and Banknote magazine. We've also written a number of articles to help collectors on their way to building a collection of banknotes that has real meaning and lasting value.
Some of the articles we've published include: