The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Portrait 21

Date of Original Portrait: 1984
Photographer: John Lawrence
This informal portrait of The Queen appears on the 5-dollar note issued in Australia from July 1992. Her Majesty is shown wearing a simple dress, a string of pearls (that had come to Queen Victoria from her Hanoverian inheritance) and Queen Alexandra’s Cluster Earrings. The 5-dollar banknote was designed by Mr. Bruce Stewart and the portrait of Her Majesty is based on a photograph by John Lawrence. The portrait was commissioned by the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1984 and The Queen gave her approval for the use of this portrait on an Australian note in 1988.
Use of this Portrait:
  • Australia -- Nos. 50 and 51.
The portrait was redrawn for the second series of polymer notes in Australia. This resulted in a more pleasing fuller face and a regal gaze, directly focussed to meet the eyes of the observer.
Use of this Portrait:
  • Australia -- New Issue 2016.

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