1932 £1 Riddle/Sheehan Thick & Thin Signature Pair VF-aEF

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1932 £1 Riddle/Sheehan Thick & Thin Signature Pair VF-aEF

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A relic of the Great Depression Era, and very scarce today, we have a tiny number of the both the Thick Signature and Thin Signature types of the 1932 £1 Riddle/Sheehan banknote!

The last banknotes back by gold, before Australia abandoned the Gold Standard due to the economic turmoil of the Depression, the 1932 £1 Riddle/Sheehan was issued only from October 1932 to August 1933. Unique in the series, the note is known by two distinctive types – the Thick and Thin Signature types.

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On early issues of this signature combination, the signature of Secretary to the Treasury, Sir Harry Sheehan, was noticeably thicker than his co-signatory, Governor of the Commonwealth Bank, Sir Ernest Riddle. 'Thin’ signature facsimiles were created later in the print-run of the £1, at Sheehan’s request, as he believed the difference in the strength of the signatures gave the banknotes an unbalanced look.

Both notes were issued in limited numbers and, nearly nine decades after issue, both are extremely scarce – particularly the early Thick Signature issue. Not offered by Downies for many years, we have both types available in Very Fine to about Extremely Fine condition. Buy the perfect ‘Thick & Thin’ pair and SAVE $150!

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Banknote TypePaper
Country of IssueAustralia
GradeVery Fine to About Extremely Fine
Issued ByCommonwealth Bank of Australia
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