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1933 One Pound Form Unissued Edward VIII Watermark good EF

1933 One Pound Form Unissued Edward VIII Watermark good EF

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A unique link to the end of the gold standard in Australia.

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Unissued One Pound Note Form ca. 1933 good EF Edward VIII watermark

A unique link to the end of the gold standard in Australia.

This unissued note form is literally a unique link to the introduction of the end of the gold standard in Australia, as well as to the controversial and tragic figure of King Edward VIII.

Watermarks featuring the portrait of the Prince of Wales were circulating on Australian notes for some 3 years and 3 months before he abdicated the British throne, however no notes featuring his portrait were ever seen in circulation.

The reason no notes featuring the portrait of Edward VIII entered circulation in Australia can be put down to the length of time it took the authorities to prepare suitable designs relative to the incredibly short length of Edward VIII’s reign.

An unissued specimen note featuring the portrait of Edward VIII on display in the Museum of Australian Currency Notes shows a pencil notation in the top margin of “NPL 11/11/1936”.

This date of mid-November 1936 shows that it took 296 days for Australian note authorities to complete a specimen of a currency note featuring Edward VIII, and that King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne just 30 days after that date.

Click here to read our article about this historic and rare item.

This is one of just two examples known in private hands.