1949 Coombs Watt George VI R14S Ten Shillings First Prefix Star Note Consecutive Pair


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1949 Coombs Watt George VI R14S Ten Shillings First Prefix Star Note Consecutive Pair
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1949 Coombs Watt George VI R14S Ten Shillings First Prefix Star Note Consecutive Pair
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection WA
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
There are less than ten 1949 Coombs Watt George VI R14S Ten Shillings First Prefix Star Notes known to exist in total across all grades. That total includes this consecutive pair, the finest known for quality. There are only two other single non-consecutive examples known to exist. Mick Vort Ronald, Australia’s pre-eminent banknote expert and author used one of these star notes to illustrate his Australian Banknote Pedigrees publication, so it’s an important note.
STATUS
Sold February 2019.
1949 Coombs Watt FP Star Consec Pair Back February 2019
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Notes - 1949 Coombs Watt George VI R14S Ten Shillings First Prefix Star Notes G96 - 34917* & G96 - 34918* (consecutive pair).

Rarity - This consecutive pair of pre-decimal Star notes is only one of two pairs known, and this pair is the finer of the two. The notes are also First Prefix , so from the first run of 1949 Coombs Watt Ten Shillings printed.

Quality - The notes are presented in original mint state, absolutely superb for quality. Both notes have full sheen and are crisp with razor sharp edges.  

Background - These two notes first appeared at an IAG auction in September 2008. They were previously unrecorded. Graded as Uncirculated the pair sold for $151,450 including buyer’s commission. Described in the auction catalogue as extremely rare as a consecutive pair, in original mint state, with full sheen and crispness. Only one other consecutive pair of Coombs Watt Ten Shillings Star Notes are known, they are of lesser quality. 

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