Editor's note: The following is the third of a three-part Coin
World series about collecting paper money with portraits of
authors, prepared by Michele Orzano for the March 2015 monthly
edition of Coin World.
Let’s continue our journey around the world to look at just a few of
the nations that have chosen to honor the written arts on paper money
by depicting authors.
In 1993, Bank Note Australia issued a $10 polymer note depicting
Australian poet, journalist and lawyer Andrew Barton Paterson, known
as “Banjo” or simply A.B.
His portrait appears in front of an equestrian vignette. The
equestrian vignette relates to a poem he wrote, “The Man from Snowy River.” He also wrote the
song “Waltzing Matilda,” a study in Aussie slang words.
On the back of this note is a portrait of Mary Cameron Gilmore. She
taught in many schools in New South Wales. In addition to teaching,
she was a poet, journalist and social reformer.
New Zealand honored writer and native son, Edmund Hillary, with his portrait on the face of
its $5 note issued from 1999 to 2007. The back design depicts a
The late Sir Edmund Hillary was indeed an author, but he might be
better known as the man who climbed Mount Everest in Nepal.
On May 29, 1953, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa
guide, reached the summit of 29,028-feet. Hillary went on to write
High Adventure: The True Story of the Final Ascent
of Everest and
View from the Summit: The Remarkable Memoir by the
First Person to Conquer Everest.
Journey only just begun
This round-the-world trip is completed but the journey has really
only just begun for collectors.
There were many countries we did not explore that offer portraits of
writers on their bank notes. Most of the notes in this article are
available for less than $10 from world note dealers.
Enjoy putting together your own bank note “book club.”