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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 spine30,067,25026343978390510Type I1966 Short spine45,422,65926323538100460Type I1967 62,144,0002341485378390Type I1968 67,336,00024313845140490Type I1969 38,201,17624313684430560Type I1970 46,098,23016192429330660Type I1971 39,544,5721624263663320Type I1972 8,295,0651101301401806701,100Type I1973 48,846,928151826342001,000Type I1974 64,273,4751720263174370Type I1975 44,286,1211619234560300Type I1976 113,220,00416202325130480Type I1977 108,928,01014202224540970Type I1978 25,280,00614181921110140Type I1978 MuleUnknown      Type I1979 44,603,00613151722200530Type I1980 115,142,000151723287601,300Type I1981 112,384,00014161829140190Type I1981 Wavy hair curls50,000,000      Type I1982 139,763,95012151725130480Type I1983 131,723,70017202224120160Type I1984 35,586,01417202234170220Type II1985 170,0002930353860300Type II1986 180,000101223293480Type II1987 73,700,0001215182344220Type II1988 103,724,4401114171929150Type II1988 MuleUnknown      Type II1989 95,903,9021316202233290Type II1990 33,355,7661317182740170Type II1991 30,036,9001215212529400Type II1992 51,677,0281823283445230Type II1993 93,947,1601114202554270Type II1994 146,799,9001213152343100Type II1995 85,123,2691417253040120Type II1996 79,346,5001317202244120Type II1997 100,778,4431215171961310Type II1998 88,637,9181114172136180Type III1999 176,121,7853841424954270Type III2000 97,528,3941518232730150Type III2001 174,702,3161113212541210Type III2002 148,916,553141721293235Type III2003 115,221,509161617213138Type III2004 145,371,758131721263154Type III2005 194,404,0268.301012142640Type III2006 306,650,254131619213748Type III2007 59,140,463101215202460Type III2008 120,136,516121518313437Type III2009 84,059,455172227313443Type III2010 59,225,70313162023110150Type III2011 44,905,05119213241210270Type III2012 68,845,63812151823120150Type III2013 44,861,452121521110140160Type III2014 Unknown111219100130140Type III2015 Unknown11181922110140Type III2016 Unknown101316212713050 Yrs Decimal Currency2016 Unknown1824314150250Type III2007 Double HeadedUnknown        MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAMType I1966 Proof18,06649597387230560Type I1966 London Mint ProofUnknown      Type I1969 Proof13,0561823283560300Type I1970 Proof15,3682127333755280Type I1971 Proof10,0661923293688440Type I1972 Proof10,272404249591101,300Type I1973 Proof10,0902531394653270Type I1974 Proof10,9182526303348240Type I1975 Proof23,0211012152732490Type I1976 Proof21,2001921232631320Type I1977 Proof55,0061113182127110Type I1978 Proof38,5191315192534170Type I1979 Proof36,0061518212331250Type I1980 Proof68,0001818212327210Type I1981 Proof86,1001619212332100Type I1982 Proof100,0008.6014151723380Type I1983 Proof80,0001114172123160Type I1984 Proof61,0001215202224120Type I2006 Silver Proof5,829      Type II1985 Proof74,0891923283146230Type II1986 Proof67,0001719212429150Type II1987 Proof69,6841920232629350Type II1988 Proof104,5181518222432510Type II1989 Proof72,6189.1010132234530Type II1990 Proof53,0001316192431250Type II1991 Silver Proof25,000252729323568Type II1991 Proof41,5901113162025250Type II1991 Proof MuleUnique      Type II1992 Proof56,3671113162031180Type II1993 Proof46,0001519232428170Type II1994 Proof39,0041215182228580Type II1995 Proof55,2411315192329320Type II1996 Proof45,5201417222331190Type II1997 Proof36,1601315192027130Type II1998 Proof37,494131619242992Type III1999 Proof34,7631416202531210Type III2000 Proof85,5611114162029180Type III2001 Gold Proof650      Type III2001 Proof74,5801215182228170Type III2002 Proof53,5101113161825180Type III2003 Proof53,8891316192429140Type III2003 Silver Proof6,5001617181920100Type III2004 Proof66,00010121518268812Values 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.