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Second series of banknotes: £10 (4th of 5)

Second series of banknotes: £10

The £10 banknote in the second series was a new denomination. It is green. The obverse side is the same as the second-series £50. It contains the coat of arms within the border, a ship (the foresail of which is the watermark panel) behind a Māori waka (canoe), and James Cook within an oval laurel-leaf frame. The border is acanthus leaves, and the denomination appears in numerals and in words within rectangles on three corners.

Alongside an oval watermark panel, the main image on the reverse is a farming scene with a flock of sheep milling around cabbage trees. The large border comprises Māori and European iconography and contains the bank’s legend on the top, mamaku tree ferns on the sides and the denomination in words on the bottom. The denomination in numerals caps each corner.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Coins and banknotes - A national currency, 1930s to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012