Historic Paper Currency Notes from Before Federation
The paper money used by the average Australian citizen between settlement in 1788 and the early 1900’s was vastly different to that which we have in place today - it was issued by each of the trading banks that were in business at that time.
As many banks have strong ties to certain cities, regions or states, they have a vivid social history unmatched by coins of the same period, and are keenly sought by patriotic / parochial collectors from the areas their notes were used.
These notes were printed on very light paper stock and were also very large compared to those we use today.
Our staff have written a number of detailed articles on the many different kinds of pre-federation 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: