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March 5, 2024
The $5 banknote received a mixed public response. Some people considered it too dull while others were disappointed at the loss of Caroline Chisholm, the only woman apart from the Monarch to have appeared on an Australian currency note. In April 1995, a more brightly coloured $5 banknote was issued to more clearly distinguish it from the $10 note. In celebration of the Centenary of Australia's Federation, the RBA issued a commemorative $5 banknote in January 2001.
March 3, 2024
In 1910, the first distinctive Australian Commonwealth coins, struck at the Royal Mint in London, were introduced. It was a somewhat jinxed start for Australian currency. The range was incomplete as no pennies or halfpennies were struck. The first shipment, consisting exclusively of shillings, arrived on 1st March, 1910.
March 1, 2024
Sir Joseph Banks and a collage of unique Australian flora featured on the $5 banknote. The $5 banknote featured a woman, other than the Monarch, for the first time on Australia's currency notes. The portrait of Caroline Chisholm is set against a background of the women and children, sailing ships and Sydney foreshore of her time. Starting in 1992, the front of the note carries a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with a branch of a gum tree and the back of the note depicts Parliament House, Canberra.
March 1, 2024
Queen Elizabeth II first appeared in 1953 on our coinage following the death of her father in 1952. The rather engaging portrait of the young queen was designed by English sculptress, Mrs Mary Gillick, an ageing widow whose design was accepted as she celebrated her seventy-first birthday.
February 27, 2024
On February 3, 2010, the Royal Australian Mint announced the production of a circulating commemorative 20 cent coin to mark the Centenary of the Australian Taxation Office. The 100th birthday occured on November 11 and celebrations on November 12.