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Decimal Coinage

1966 - 2016

Australia adopted a decimal currency on the 14th of February 1966. Coins were issued in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and notes were issued in $1, $2, $10, and $20 varieties. The designs for the new coins were completed by Australian artist and metalworker Stuart Devlin. These designs centred around Australia's iconic wildlife (Feathertail Glider, Frill-necked lizard, Echidna, Superb Lyrebird, and the Platypus). The only exception was the 50 cent piece which featured Devlin's interpretation of the Australian Coat of Arms.

The initial circulating set was altered in 1984 and 1988 with the introduction of the One and Two dollar coins respectively. The new one dollar coin was again designed by Devlin and features the famous 'Mob of Roos' design and the two dollar coin was designed by Horst Hahne and features an Aboriginal Elder. The circulating currency was again altered in 1991 when the One and Two cent pieces were retired. Throughout this period the obverse has featured one of three official effigies of HM Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to the standard circulating designs a large variety of commemorative coins have been issued to mark special events, people, or organisations that have impacted Australia.

The Royal Australian Mint has also produced a variety of higher denomination uncirculated coins for collectors. Like their lower denomination commemorative counterparts, these higher denominations often mark special events, people, or organisations. In a number of cases the mint has also released these higher denominations as investment pieces struck in either solid silver or gold.

One Cent1966 - 2012Two Cent1966 - 2012Five Cent1966 - 2016Ten Cent1966 - 2016Twenty Cent1966 - 2016Fifty Cent1966 - 2016One Dollar1966 - 2016Two Dollar1988 - 2016Five Dollar1988 - 2013Ten Dollar1982 - 2013Twenty Dollar1993 - 2013Twenty Five Dollar1992 - 2013Thirty Dollar2000 - 13Fifty Dollar2002 - 06One Hundred Dollar1995 - 2013One Hundred Fifty Dollar1995 - 2006Two Hundred Dollar1980 - 2006Two Hundred Fifty Dollar1992Five Hundred Dollar2012 - 13Three Thousand Dollar2012 - 13
   MintageAU50MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS69Type I1966 Sharp WhiskersOne Cent146,289,0091.201114193253290Type I1966 Blunted 1st WhiskerOne Cent238,990,0001.501617213038150Type I1966 Blunted 2nd WhiskerOne Cent26,620,0006.9093120130510680780Type I1967 One Cent110,055,0002.101924314060110Type I1968 One Cent72,560,00044967110130210600Type I1970 One Cent72,600,2301.40101316202339Type I1969 One Cent87,711,1761.80141721273299Type I1971 One Cent102,483,5721.20101215303450Type I1972 One Cent82,439,0651.20112325273051Type I1973 One Cent140,740,9281.40121518243055Type I1974 One Cent131,745,4751.60141722262942Type I1975 One Cent134,805,1211.108.501012294171Type I1976 One Cent172,975,0041.40111418233267Type I1977 One Cent153,558,0101.40121418273139Type I1978 One Cent97,323,0061.40111417222642Type I1979 One Cent130,409,0061.50131620222442Type I1980 One Cent137,992,0001.209.301114182230Type I1981 One Cent224,020,0001.30101316222734Type I1982 One Cent134,485,9501.209.501114212767Type I1983 One Cent205,780,7001.60111418222537Type I1984 One Cent74,885,0141.40111417202434Type II1985 One Cent38,470,0001.40111417222534Type II1986 One Cent180,00018.801114232840Type II1987 One Cent122,200,0001.20111418212337Type II1988 One Cent106,409,9761.30101216203049Type II1989 One Cent168,150,6021.50141823283235Type II1990 One Cent53,096,7661.209.101114182367Type II1991 One Cent147,9001.20101317243277Type III2006 One Cent87,4071.60131721283199Type I1966 Blunted 1st ClawTwo Cent217,735,0001.601316203583490Type I1966 Blunted 3rd ClawTwo Cent66,575,0005506585420570650Type I1966 Sharp ClawsTwo Cent145,029,0091.601316213038190Type I1967 Sans SDTwo Cent73,250,0008.501906701,1002,2002,4002,600Type I1967 With SDTwo CentIncl. in above21823293751260Type I1968 With SDTwo Cent16,999,0006.5084110120130340810Type I1968 Sans SDTwo CentIncl. in above1705305806407001,8004,100Type I1969 Two Cent12,971,1762.302025324353270Type I1970 Two Cent39,912,2301.701215192341250Type I1971 Two Cent60,763,5721.20111326445896Type I1972 Two Cent77,609,0651.109.301117253771Type I1973 Two Cent93,088,4281.70141721254578Type I1974 Two Cent176,772,9751.40141517232853Type I1975 Two Cent100,075,1211.50101316192962Type I1976 Two Cent121,922,0041.60101215192381Type I1977 Two Cent102,233,5101.209.7011141621110Type I1978 Two Cent128,745,5061.50121519212346Type I1979 Two Cent69,775,0061.30111323303564Type I1980 Two Cent145,703,0001.209.601114182543Type I1981 Legend near edgeTwo Cent70,820,000       Type I1981 Sans SDTwo Cent81,064,000196607209701,7003,3003,700Type I1981 With SDTwo Cent97,510,0001.10101221243152Type I1982 Two Cent121,965,9501.50111316202447Type I1983 Two Cent177,382,7001.208.701012162480Type I1984 Two Cent58,113,5141.40121519222439Type II1985 Two Cent34,670,0001.60121619212669Type II1986 Two Cent180,0001.50101316202438Type II1987 Two Cent200,0001.60131621252845Type II1988 Two Cent30,600,9401.50121518222558Type II1989 Two Cent43,150,6021.50121519253171Type II1990 Two Cent103,7661.40101316324580Type II1991 Two Cent147,9001.401114182333240Type III2006 Two Cent87,4072.10172127313543Type I1966 Long spineFive Cent30,067,2502.6030384488440580Type I1966 Short spineFive Cent45,422,6592.6030364044120530Type I1967 Five Cent62,144,0002.202647546088440Type I1968 Five Cent67,336,0002.5027354352150550Type I1969 Five Cent38,201,1762.7027354196480630Type I1970 Five Cent46,098,2301.8018222833370750Type I1971 Five Cent39,544,5721.801827304171360Type I1972 Five Cent8,295,0654.801301501602007601,300Type I1973 Five Cent48,846,9281.90172130392201,200Type I1974 Five Cent64,273,4751.901923293584420Type I1975 Five Cent44,286,12121822275168340Type I1976 Five Cent113,220,004218222629150550Type I1977 Five Cent108,928,0101.70162325286201,100Type I1978 Five Cent25,280,0061.8016202224120160Type I1978 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type I1979 Five Cent44,603,0061.6015171925230610Type I1980 Five Cent115,142,0001.80181927328601,500Type I1981 Five Cent112,384,0001.7016182033160210Type I1981 Wavy hair curlsFive Cent50,000,000       Type I1982 Five Cent139,763,9501.5014171928140540Type I1983 Five Cent131,723,7001.9019232528140180Type I1984 Five Cent35,586,0142.1019232538190250Type II1985 Five Cent170,0002.803334404468340Type II1986 Five Cent180,0001.40111426333990Type II1987 Five Cent73,700,0001.601417202650250Type II1988 Five Cent103,724,4401.701316202233170Type II1988 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type II1989 Five Cent95,903,9021.701519232537330Type II1990 Five Cent33,355,7661.701519213145200Type II1991 Five Cent30,036,9001.601417242933460Type II1992 Five Cent51,677,0282.402026323951260Type II1993 Five Cent93,947,1601.501316232861310Type II1994 Five Cent146,799,9001.501415172648110Type II1995 Five Cent85,123,2691.801519293545130Type II1996 Five Cent79,346,5001.701519232550130Type II1997 Five Cent100,778,4431.601317202269350Type II1998 Five Cent88,637,9181.701316202441200Type III1999 Five Cent176,121,785314346485662310123456789101112131415161718Values are in AUD and are 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