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Created: May 2016
A group of currency items acquired by the National Library. They comprise City Bank of Sydney (1864-1918) specimen notes of one pound, five pound, ten pound, twenty pound and fifty pound dating; two cheques of Derwent Bank, Tasmania (1827-1849); a one mark German note; and one lottery ticket on the funds of the Bank of Australia.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn287038).
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Items 1-5 were presented to the Parliamentary Library in 191[-] by Senator the Hon. James Thomas Walker, a financier and politician.
Items 6-7 were acquired from E A Petherick, bookseller, publisher, bibliographer and book collector.
Item 8 was acquired from a Mr Wadsworth.
Item 9 was presented to Prime Minister Andrew Fisher by a 'Madeleine Tracy'. Fisher then passed it on to The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Melbourne, on 15 December 1920.
References used in the creation of this finding aid include:
Australian colonial currency and promissory notes by Michael P. Vort-Ronald, second edition, 2012 and
Standard catalogue of world paper money by Albert Pick, vol 2, c1990
Category: specimen £1 banknote
Denomination: £1 sterling
Issuing agency: City Bank of Sydney
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co, Engravers, London
Domicile of issuer: Sydney, NSW
Issue date: 1 January 1900
Serial number: D249143
Signatures: G L Hosie, Manager, Ent'd [Lane?]
Overprinting: 'Specimen Note Form' handwritten in red at top
Circulation status: cancelled
Illustrative content: front: vignette of standing woman left side; back: two men under a shield within a circle
Watermark: City Bank of Sydney
Physical description: dimensions - 208x123 mm; black print with large denomination word in brown in centre. Back brown.
Industry catalogue/number: Renniks MVR1
Category: specimen £10 banknote
Denomination: £10 sterling
Issue date: 1 May 1893
Serial number: C09394
Signatures: Wm Clarke, Manager, Ent'd (illegible)
Physical description: dimensions - 206x118 mm; black print with large denomination word in green in centre. Back green.
Category: specimen £20 banknote
Denomination: £20 sterling
Serial number: D000402
Physical description: dimensions - 206x119 mm; black print with large denomination word in red in centre. Back red.
Category: specimen £50 banknote
Denomination: £50 sterling
Physical description: dimensions - 206x119 mm; black print with large denomination word in orange in centre. Back orange.
Issuing agency: Derwent Bank, Tasmania
Printer: Bock & Co, Hobart
Domicile of issuer: Hobart, Tasmania
Issued to: self
Issue date: 21 March 1828
Signatures: M Goodridge
Illustrative content: Monogram in cartouche left front
Physical description: dimensions - 183x100 mm; black print on off white paper with black handwriting
Issue date: 24 December 1830
Illustrative content: "Derwent Bank" between two borders down left side
Denomination: 1 deutschmark
Issuing agency: Der Darlehenkassen
Domicile of issuer: Germany
Issue date: 12 August 1914
Serial number: 330-737261
Circulation status: issued
Physical description: black and green print on off white paper. Red serial number and seal.
Industry catalogue/number Pick # 50
Category: lottery ticket
Issuing agency: Bank of Australia
Printer: H. C. Jervis & Co.
Issued to: John Stirling
Issue date: 19 October 1848
Serial number: 2123
Signatures: four directors of Bank of Australia
Illustrative content: patterned border with 6 inset illustrations
Watermark: Sydney Banking Company
Physical description: dimensions - 192x102 mm; black print on white paper with ink handwriting
The Bank of Australia failed on 2nd March 1843 and the liquidation resulted in remaining assets of the bank in the form of land holdings being disposed of by lottery. Despite being disallowed by the British government, on 19 October 1848, 11,247 tickets were printed, numbered by hand, signed by four directors and issued to shareholders in proportion to their holdings. Shareholders had the right to resell (or assign) their tickets at £4 each which many did. The draw took place in January 1849.