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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 Cent146,289,009172122232449200Type I1966 Blunted 1st WhiskerOne Cent238,990,000182425273756150Type I1966 Blunted 2nd WhiskerOne Cent26,620,0001001801901904801,1002,500Type I1967 One Cent110,055,00015202123355674Type I1968 One Cent72,560,0002054688095140400Type I1970 One Cent72,600,23015202122243150Type I1969 One Cent87,711,176152934404755120Type I1971 One Cent102,483,57215252933374359Type I1972 One Cent82,439,06518191919191946Type I1973 One Cent140,740,92817232426272961Type I1974 One Cent131,745,47516202123242544Type I1975 One Cent134,805,12115161717253792Type I1976 One Cent172,975,004152224262846110Type I1977 One Cent153,558,01015283233343761Type I1978 One Cent97,323,00616202122233338Type I1979 One Cent130,409,00615192021222364Type I1980 One Cent137,992,00015171818222529Type I1981 One Cent224,020,00015252932364044Type I1982 One Cent134,485,95015161616172958Type I1983 One Cent205,780,70015212224262850Type I1984 One Cent74,885,01415192021223744Type II1985 One Cent38,470,00016232528313556Type II1986 One Cent180,00017181818212642Type II1987 One Cent122,200,00015181919202635Type II1988 One Cent106,409,97615171819203048Type II1989 One Cent168,150,60215192022232432Type II1990 One Cent53,096,766242929293054100Type II1991 One Cent147,90016181919203457Type III2006 One Cent87,40721242525253364Type I1966 Blunted 1st ClawTwo Cent217,735,000152629333790300Type I1966 Blunted 3rd ClawTwo Cent66,575,000435860732809502,900Type I1966 Sharp ClawsTwo Cent145,029,009152425264181280Type I1967 Sans SDTwo Cent73,250,0001001501804601,1002,5005,200Type I1967 With SDTwo CentIncl. in above1625283482280960Type I1968 With SDTwo Cent16,999,0001735374079160440Type I1968 Sans SDTwo CentIncl. in above1303104102,1002,7002,9003,300Type I1969 Two Cent12,971,176182830334161230Type I1970 Two Cent39,912,23025293030304653Type I1971 Two Cent60,763,572171824324262120Type I1972 Two Cent77,609,06516171719243965Type I1973 Two Cent93,088,42824282929293095Type I1974 Two Cent176,772,975162224252753100Type I1975 Two Cent100,075,12115212224254048Type I1976 Two Cent121,922,00416212223242666Type I1977 Two Cent102,233,51015161617212888Type I1978 Two Cent128,745,50615232528313460Type I1979 Two Cent69,775,00615242731343970Type I1980 Two Cent145,703,00015212325273857Type I1981 Legend near edgeTwo Cent70,820,000       Type I1981 Sans SDTwo Cent81,064,000616908101,1001,5001,8002,000Type I1981 With SDTwo Cent97,510,00016171717263275Type I1982 Two Cent121,965,95016212324262764Type I1983 Two Cent177,382,70016202122233570Type I1984 Two Cent58,113,51419202121253246Type II1985 Two Cent34,670,00017283134384362Type II1986 Two Cent180,00023262727273745Type II1987 Two Cent200,000152427303459220Type II1988 Two Cent30,600,94019202020262990Type II1989 Two Cent43,150,60224282929293030Type II1990 Two Cent103,76622252526262639Type II1991 Two Cent147,90018202020294163Type III2006 Two Cent87,40725303030313167Type I1966 Long spineFive Cent30,067,25027333539823101,000Type I1966 Short spineFive Cent45,422,659273341465286320Type I1967 Five Cent62,144,0002129313335180500Type I1968 Five Cent67,336,000214655662701,0003,400Type I1969 Five Cent38,201,1763342424351230960Type I1970 Five Cent46,098,2301717181847340730Type I1971 Five Cent39,544,572212331374468270Type I1972 Five Cent8,295,06536474893180550970Type I1973 Five Cent48,846,92822252525472301,000Type I1974 Five Cent64,273,475202323313282310Type I1975 Five Cent44,286,121182020203768270Type I1976 Five Cent113,220,004162730343957250Type I1977 Five Cent108,928,0101521222432540960Type I1978 Five Cent25,280,006162122331808803,900Type I1978 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type I1979 Five Cent44,603,0062630313131200530Type I1980 Five Cent115,142,00015283237497901,200Type I1981 Five Cent112,384,0002022232640200920Type I1981 Wavy hair curlsFive Cent50,000,000       Type I1982 Five Cent139,763,9501519212233160470Type I1983 Five Cent131,723,700192121331808803,900Type I1984 Five Cent35,586,0141819192940200920Type II1985 Five Cent170,000273232336275290Type II1986 Five Cent180,00018202025334898Type II1987 Five Cent73,700,000192121213340200Type II1988 Five Cent103,724,44021242424304984Type II1988 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type II1989 Five Cent95,903,902181920202667290Type II1990 Five Cent33,355,766152021232547220Type II1991 Five Cent30,036,900192122232536340Type II1992 Five Cent51,677,028263132323342210Type II1993 Five Cent93,947,160192122243449220Type II1994 Five Cent146,799,900192020203042120Type II1995 Five Cent85,123,269253030305391120Type II1996 Five Cent79,346,500232626293146130Type II1997 Five Cent100,778,443303637383864260Type II1998 Five Cent88,637,918202223232355240Type III1999 Five Cent176,121,785344041415764260123456789101112131415161718Values 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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