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Five Cent

1966 - 2016

The Australian five cent piece was first put into circulation with the introduction of decimal currency in 1966 and continues to be circulated today. During these years three standard types have been issued, the first (1966 - 1984) featured the Arnold Machin portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the second (1985 - 1998) featured the Raphael Maklouf portrait, and the third (1999 - Present) features the Ian Rank-Boardley portrait. Some additional uncirculated varieties of these types have been produced as part of the Masterpieces in Silver collection. Despite changes to the obverse the reverse of these types has remained as the same Echidna design by Stuart Devlin. Devlin's initials (SD) can be found below the denomination.

In addition to these three main types, another three non-circulating commemorative five cent pieces have been released. The first was issued in 1999 as part of the masterpieces in silver collection and commemorated the design of the 1939 Half Penny, the second was a golden miniature piece issued in 2012, and the final type was a 2016 piece that commemorated fifty years since the introduction of decimal currency in Australia.

Currency in equivalent units of base 10A coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an eventThe tails side of the coin

Type I1966 - 2006Type II1985 - 98Type III1999 - 2016Pre-Decimal Restrikes1999Gold Miniature2012Decimal Currency2016
  MintageMS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS69Type I1966 Long spine30,067,250313438792901,000Type I1966 Short spine45,422,6593240445083300Type I1967 62,144,00028303234180490Type I1968 67,336,0004553632609803,300Type I1969 38,201,17640414249220930Type I1970 46,098,23017171745320700Type I1971 39,544,5722330364265260Type I1972 8,295,065454690180530930Type I1973 48,846,928242424452201,000Type I1974 64,273,4752222303078290Type I1975 44,286,1211919193665260Type I1976 113,220,0042629333755240Type I1977 108,928,01020212331520920Type I1978 25,280,0062021311708503,800Type I1978 MuleUnknown      Type I1979 44,603,00629293030190510Type I1980 115,142,000263136477601,100Type I1981 112,384,00021232538190880Type I1981 Wavy hair curls50,000,000      Type I1982 139,763,95019202132160460Type I1983 131,723,7002020311708503,800Type I1984 35,586,01418192839190880Type II1985 170,0003131316072280Type II1986 180,000191924314794Type II1987 73,700,0002020213238190Type II1988 103,724,440232323294781Type II1988 MuleUnknown      Type II1989 95,903,9021919192564280Type II1990 33,355,7661921222445210Type II1991 30,036,9002121222435320Type II1992 51,677,0283031313141200Type II1993 93,947,1602121233247220Type II1994 146,799,9001919202940110Type II1995 85,123,2692829295187120Type II1996 79,346,5002525283044130Type II1997 100,778,4433536363761250Type II1998 88,637,9182222222252230Type III1999 176,121,7853939395561250Type III2000 97,528,3943637373839190Type III2001 174,702,3161920282947210Type III2002 148,916,553272727282842Type III2003 115,221,509232424242847Type III2004 145,371,758343434353636Type III2005 194,404,026242424243345Type III2006 306,650,254222222273655Type III2007 59,140,463222222242560Type III2008 120,136,516222223242641Type III2009 84,059,455181920242844Type III2010 59,225,70325252529160830Type III2011 44,905,05126323855240950Type III2012 68,845,63823232330160840Type III2013 44,861,452221307904,00019,00080,000Type III2014 Unknown1819211307804,100Type III2015 Unknown18252729160830Type III2016 Unknown272828283317050 Yrs Decimal Currency2016 Unknown59606263260970Type III2007 Double HeadedUnknown3,8004,2004,6005,1005,7006,300  MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAMType I1966 Proof18,066404461150470870Type I1966 London Mint ProofUnknown993501,1003,4009,10022,000Type I1969 Proof13,056333843963301,000Type I1970 Proof15,3683939404141200Type I1971 Proof10,0661920212949220Type I1972 Proof10,2724658731904901,200Type I1973 Proof10,0905657596061250Type I1974 Proof10,9182528314359250Type I1975 Proof23,0212122222631500Type I1976 Proof21,2002525263145310Type I1977 Proof55,0062830323484310Type I1978 Proof38,5191617181939190Type I1979 Proof36,0061820242837250Type I1980 Proof68,0003031313172160Type I1981 Proof86,1002426283070220Type I1982 Proof100,00020232732110370Type I1983 Proof80,000232528313455Type I1984 Proof61,0001719212334140Type I2006 Silver Proof5,829      Type II1985 Proof74,08927365068270990Type II1986 Proof67,0002225262742200Type II1987 Proof69,6841923263039120Type II1988 Proof104,5182727282834480Type II1989 Proof72,6182121212229250Type II1990 Proof53,0002123262930360Type II1991 Silver Proof25,000383839394079Type II1991 Proof41,590222323233270Type II1991 Proof MuleUnique      Type II1992 Proof56,367252526263588Type II1993 Proof46,0002525252626150Type II1994 Proof39,0043435353636180Type II1995 Proof55,2413435353637290Type II1996 Proof45,5203636373838180Type II1997 Proof36,1602531374555140Type II1998 Proof37,494353536366677Type III1999 Proof34,7633233333434160Type III2000 Proof85,5612425252525180Type III2001 Gold Proof650      Type III2001 Proof74,580323233333481Type III2002 Proof53,5103131323232110Type III2003 Proof53,889414243444471Type III2003 Silver Proof6,5003334343535170Type III2004 Proof66,00038393940408612Values 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. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.