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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 Cent146,289,0091.201114183150270Type I1966 Blunted 1st WhiskerOne Cent238,990,0001.401516192836140Type I1966 Blunted 2nd WhiskerOne Cent26,620,0006.5088110120480640730Type I1967 One Cent110,055,00021823303856100Type I1968 One Cent72,560,0003.804764110120200560Type I1970 One Cent72,600,2301.309.901215192136Type I1969 One Cent87,711,1761.70131620263094Type I1971 One Cent102,483,5721.209.601114283247Type I1972 One Cent82,439,0651.10112223262948Type I1973 One Cent140,740,9281.40111417232852Type I1974 One Cent131,745,4751.50131621242739Type I1975 One Cent134,805,121189.8012283967Type I1976 One Cent172,975,0041.30111317223063Type I1977 One Cent153,558,0101.30111417262937Type I1978 One Cent97,323,0061.30101316212439Type I1979 One Cent130,409,0061.40121519212339Type I1980 One Cent137,992,0001.108.801013172129Type I1981 One Cent224,020,0001.20101215202632Type I1982 One Cent134,485,9501.1091113192563Type I1983 One Cent205,780,7001.50111317212435Type I1984 One Cent74,885,0141.30101316192333Type II1985 One Cent38,470,0001.30101316212432Type II1986 One Cent180,0000.988.401013222738Type II1987 One Cent122,200,0001.10101317202235Type II1988 One Cent106,409,9761.209.601215192846Type II1989 One Cent168,150,6021.40131722263033Type II1990 One Cent53,096,7661.108.601013172263Type II1991 One Cent147,9001.10101216233072Type III2006 One Cent87,4071.60121620262993Type I1966 Blunted 1st ClawTwo Cent217,735,0001.501215193378460Type I1966 Blunted 3rd ClawTwo Cent66,575,0004.70476181400530610Type I1966 Sharp ClawsTwo Cent145,029,0091.501215202836180Type I1967 Sans SDTwo Cent73,250,00081806301,0002,0002,3002,500Type I1967 With SDTwo CentIncl. in above1.901721273548250Type I1968 With SDTwo Cent16,999,0006.2080100110130320770Type I1968 Sans SDTwo CentIncl. in above1605005406006601,7003,900Type I1969 Two Cent12,971,1762.201924314050250Type I1970 Two Cent39,912,2301.601114182238240Type I1971 Two Cent60,763,5721.20111324425591Type I1972 Two Cent77,609,06518.801016233567Type I1973 Two Cent93,088,4281.60131620244373Type I1974 Two Cent176,772,9751.30131416212650Type I1975 Two Cent100,075,1211.40101215182758Type I1976 Two Cent121,922,0041.509.701114172276Type I1977 Two Cent102,233,5101.209.2011131520100Type I1978 Two Cent128,745,5061.40111418192144Type I1979 Two Cent69,775,0061.20101321283360Type I1980 Two Cent145,703,0001.209.101113172441Type I1981 Legend near edgeTwo Cent70,820,000       Type I1981 Sans SDTwo Cent81,064,000186206809101,6003,1003,500Type I1981 With SDTwo Cent97,510,0001.10101120232949Type I1982 Two Cent121,965,9501.40101215192344Type I1983 Two Cent177,382,7001.208.201012152276Type I1984 Two Cent58,113,5141.40111418212337Type II1985 Two Cent34,670,0001.50121518202565Type II1986 Two Cent180,0001.40101215192235Type II1987 Two Cent200,0001.50121519242643Type II1988 Two Cent30,600,9401.40111417212354Type II1989 Two Cent43,150,6021.40111418232967Type II1990 Two Cent103,7661.30101215304276Type II1991 Two Cent147,9001.401113162131230Type III2006 Two Cent87,4072162025293340Type I1966 Long spineFive Cent30,067,2502.5028364283420550Type I1966 Short spineFive Cent45,422,6592.5028343741110500Type I1967 Five Cent62,144,0002.102444515783420Type I1968 Five Cent67,336,0002.4026334049150520Type I1969 Five Cent38,201,1762.6026333891460600Type I1970 Five Cent46,098,2301.8017202631350710Type I1971 Five Cent39,544,5721.701725283867340Type I1972 Five Cent8,295,0654.501201401501907201,200Type I1973 Five Cent48,846,9281.80162028372101,100Type I1974 Five Cent64,273,4751.801821283379400Type I1975 Five Cent44,286,1211.901721254864320Type I1976 Five Cent113,220,0041.9017212527140520Type I1977 Five Cent108,928,0101.60162124265801,000Type I1978 Five Cent25,280,0061.7015192123110150Type I1978 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type I1979 Five Cent44,603,0061.6014161823210570Type I1980 Five Cent115,142,0001.70171825308101,400Type I1981 Five Cent112,384,0001.6015171931150200Type I1981 Wavy hair curlsFive Cent50,000,000       Type I1982 Five Cent139,763,9501.4013161826140510Type I1983 Five Cent131,723,7001.8018212426130170Type I1984 Five Cent35,586,014218222436180240Type II1985 Five Cent170,0002.703132374164320Type II1986 Five Cent180,0001.30101325313685Type II1987 Five Cent73,700,0001.601316192548240Type II1988 Five Cent103,724,4401.601215192031160Type II1988 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type II1989 Five Cent95,903,9021.701418212435310Type II1990 Five Cent33,355,7661.701418202943190Type II1991 Five Cent30,036,9001.601316232731430Type II1992 Five Cent51,677,0282.301924313748240Type II1993 Five Cent93,947,1601.501215222758290Type II1994 Five Cent146,799,9001.501314162446110Type II1995 Five Cent85,123,2691.701518273343130Type II1996 Five Cent79,346,5001.701418212448130Type II1997 Five Cent100,778,4431.501316192165330Type II1998 Five Cent88,637,9181.601215192338190Type III1999 Five Cent176,121,785304144455358290123456789101112131415161718Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. 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