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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 Cent146,289,0091.101013162847250Type I1966 Blunted 1st WhiskerOne Cent238,990,0001.401415182734130Type I1966 Blunted 2nd WhiskerOne Cent26,620,0006.1082100110450600680Type I1967 One Cent110,055,0001.90172128365399Type I1968 One Cent72,560,0003.604359100120180530Type I1970 One Cent72,600,2301.309.301114172034Type I1969 One Cent87,711,1761.60121519242887Type I1971 One Cent102,483,5721.1091113263044Type I1972 One Cent82,439,0651102022242745Type I1973 One Cent140,740,9281.30101316212649Type I1974 One Cent131,745,4751.50121519232537Type I1975 One Cent134,805,12117.509.2011263663Type I1976 One Cent172,975,0041.30101316212859Type I1977 One Cent153,558,0101.30101316242734Type I1978 One Cent97,323,0061.20101215202337Type I1979 One Cent130,409,0061.40111418192137Type I1980 One Cent137,992,00018.201012161927Type I1981 One Cent224,020,0001.109.401114192430Type I1982 One Cent134,485,95018.401012182459Type I1983 One Cent205,780,7001.40101216202232Type I1984 One Cent74,885,0141.20101215182130Type II1985 One Cent38,470,0001.209.901215202230Type II1986 One Cent180,0000.927.809.8012202535Type II1987 One Cent122,200,0001.10101216182032Type II1988 One Cent106,409,9761.1091114182643Type II1989 One Cent168,150,6021.30121620242831Type II1990 One Cent53,096,76618.101012162059Type II1991 One Cent147,90019.501215212868Type III2006 One Cent87,4071.50121519242787Type I1966 Blunted 1st ClawTwo Cent217,735,0001.401114183173430Type I1966 Blunted 3rd ClawTwo Cent66,575,0004.50445775370500570Type I1966 Sharp ClawsTwo Cent145,029,0091.401114192634170Type I1967 Sans SDTwo Cent73,250,0007.501705909901,9002,1002,300Type I1967 With SDTwo CentIncl. in above1.801620253345230Type I1968 With SDTwo Cent16,999,0005.8075100110120300720Type I1968 Sans SDTwo CentIncl. in above1504605105606101,6003,600Type I1969 Two Cent12,971,17621822293847240Type I1970 Two Cent39,912,2301.501113162136220Type I1971 Two Cent60,763,5721.10101223395185Type I1972 Two Cent77,609,06518.209.9015223363Type I1973 Two Cent93,088,4281.50121519224068Type I1974 Two Cent176,772,9751.30121315202447Type I1975 Two Cent100,075,1211.309.401114172554Type I1976 Two Cent121,922,0041.409.101113162071Type I1977 Two Cent102,233,5101.108.6010131419100Type I1978 Two Cent128,745,5061.30101316182041Type I1979 Two Cent69,775,0061.10101220263156Type I1980 Two Cent145,703,0001.108.501012162238Type I1981 Legend near edgeTwo Cent70,820,000       Type I1981 Sans SDTwo Cent81,064,000175806308501,5002,9003,300Type I1981 With SDTwo Cent97,510,00019.401018212746Type I1982 Two Cent121,965,9501.409.801214182141Type I1983 Two Cent177,382,7001.107.709.3011142171Type I1984 Two Cent58,113,5141.30111317192134Type II1985 Two Cent34,670,0001.40111417192360Type II1986 Two Cent180,0001.309.601114182133Type II1987 Two Cent200,0001.40121418222440Type II1988 Two Cent30,600,9401.30101316192251Type II1989 Two Cent43,150,6021.30111316222763Type II1990 Two Cent103,7661.209.501114284071Type II1991 Two Cent147,9001.301012152029210Type III2006 Two Cent87,4071.80151923273138Type I1966 Long spineFive Cent30,067,2502.4026343978390510Type I1966 Short spineFive Cent45,422,6592.4026323538100460Type I1967 Five Cent62,144,00022341485378390Type I1968 Five Cent67,336,0002.3024313845140490Type I1969 Five Cent38,201,1762.5024313684430560Type I1970 Five Cent46,098,2301.7016192429330660Type I1971 Five Cent39,544,5721.601624263663320Type I1972 Five Cent8,295,0654.301101301401806701,100Type I1973 Five Cent48,846,9281.70151826342001,000Type I1974 Five Cent64,273,4751.701720263174370Type I1975 Five Cent44,286,1211.801619234560300Type I1976 Five Cent113,220,0041.8016202325130480Type I1977 Five Cent108,928,0101.6014202224540970Type I1978 Five Cent25,280,0061.7014181921110140Type I1978 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type I1979 Five Cent44,603,0061.5013151722200530Type I1980 Five Cent115,142,0001.60151723287601,300Type I1981 Five Cent112,384,0001.6014161829140190Type I1981 Wavy hair curlsFive Cent50,000,000       Type I1982 Five Cent139,763,9501.4012151725130480Type I1983 Five Cent131,723,7001.7017202224120160Type I1984 Five Cent35,586,0141.9017202234170220Type II1985 Five Cent170,0002.602930353860300Type II1986 Five Cent180,0001.30101223293480Type II1987 Five Cent73,700,0001.501215182344220Type II1988 Five Cent103,724,4401.501114171929150Type II1988 MuleFive CentUnknown       Type II1989 Five Cent95,903,9021.601316202233290Type II1990 Five Cent33,355,7661.601317182740170Type II1991 Five Cent30,036,9001.501215212529400Type II1992 Five Cent51,677,0282.201823283445230Type II1993 Five Cent93,947,1601.401114202554270Type II1994 Five Cent146,799,9001.401213152343100Type II1995 Five Cent85,123,2691.601417253040120Type II1996 Five Cent79,346,5001.601317202244120Type II1997 Five Cent100,778,4431.401215171961310Type II1998 Five Cent88,637,9181.501114172136180Type III1999 Five Cent176,121,785283841424954270123456789101112131415161718Values 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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