John Pettit from Sydney is Australia’s, and one of the world’s leading banknote dealers. The Dauers are wealthy clients of John’s from the United States. It was the opportunity to co-author this book with the Dauers that caused John Pettit to embark on what was, by any measure, a most ambitious publishing project.
Produced with the co-operation of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the authors were granted access to the Bank’s impressive archives, including rarely seen specimen and trial notes, many of which feature here. In his foreword to the book, Ian McFarlane, the recently retired Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, confirms the Bank’s support of the project: “I have no hesitation in recommending this book as a fascinating account of the evolution of Australian currency”.
This book gives everybody the opportunity to bone up on their Australian history, the historic background providing the context for the selection of the notes that are featured, and at the same time marvel at the remarkable and often visually stunning banknotes produced by our early financial institutions.