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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 spine30,067,25028354181410530Type I1966 Short spine45,422,65928333740110480Type I1967 62,144,0002443505581410Type I1968 67,336,00025333947140510Type I1969 38,201,17625323788450580Type I1970 46,098,23017202531340690Type I1971 39,544,5721625273866330Type I1972 8,295,0651201401501907001,200Type I1973 48,846,928151927362101,100Type I1974 64,273,4751721273277390Type I1975 44,286,1211620254762320Type I1976 113,220,00416212427130500Type I1977 108,928,010152123265701,000Type I1978 25,280,00615182022110150Type I1978 MuleUnknown      Type I1979 44,603,00614151723210560Type I1980 115,142,000161824307901,400Type I1981 112,384,00015171930150200Type I1981 Wavy hair curls50,000,000      Type I1982 139,763,95013161826130500Type I1983 131,723,70017212325130170Type I1984 35,586,01418212335180230Type II1985 170,0003031374062310Type II1986 180,000101324303683Type II1987 73,700,0001316192446230Type II1988 103,724,4401215182031150Type II1988 MuleUnknown      Type II1989 95,903,9021417212334300Type II1990 33,355,7661417192942180Type II1991 30,036,9001316222630420Type II1992 51,677,0281924303647240Type II1993 93,947,1601214212656280Type II1994 146,799,9001314162445100Type II1995 85,123,2691418263242120Type II1996 79,346,5001417212346120Type II1997 100,778,4431215182064320Type II1998 88,637,9181215182238190Type III1999 176,121,7854043445257290Type III2000 97,528,3941519242831160Type III2001 174,702,3161114222643220Type III2002 148,916,553141822303336Type III2003 115,221,509161718223239Type III2004 145,371,758141721273256Type III2005 194,404,0268.701012152742Type III2006 306,650,254131720223850Type III2007 59,140,463101316212562Type III2008 120,136,516131619323539Type III2009 84,059,455182328333645Type III2010 59,225,70313172124120160Type III2011 44,905,05120223343220280Type III2012 68,845,63812151924120160Type III2013 44,861,452131622110140160Type III2014 Unknown121320100130150Type III2015 Unknown11192023110150Type III2016 Unknown101317222814050 Yrs Decimal Currency2016 Unknown1925334352260Type III2007 Double HeadedUnknown        MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAMType I1966 Proof18,06651617691240590Type I1966 London Mint ProofUnknown      Type I1969 Proof13,0561924303763320Type I1970 Proof15,3682228353958290Type I1971 Proof10,0662024303892460Type I1972 Proof10,272424452621101,300Type I1973 Proof10,0902633404956280Type I1974 Proof10,9182627313550250Type I1975 Proof23,0211113162833510Type I1976 Proof21,2002022252732340Type I1977 Proof55,0061114182228110Type I1978 Proof38,5191316202635180Type I1979 Proof36,0061619222433260Type I1980 Proof68,0001819222528220Type I1981 Proof86,1001620222434110Type I1982 Proof100,000915151825400Type I1983 Proof80,0001214182224160Type I1984 Proof61,0001315212325130Type I2006 Silver Proof5,829      Type II1985 Proof74,0891924293248240Type II1986 Proof67,0001820222531150Type II1987 Proof69,6842021242730370Type II1988 Proof104,5181519232533530Type II1989 Proof72,6189.4011132336560Type II1990 Proof53,0001316202533270Type II1991 Silver Proof25,000262830333671Type II1991 Proof41,5901114172126260Type II1991 Proof MuleUnique      Type II1992 Proof56,3671114172133190Type II1993 Proof46,0001620242530180Type II1994 Proof39,0041316192329600Type II1995 Proof55,2411316202430330Type II1996 Proof45,5201518232432200Type II1997 Proof36,1601316192128140Type II1998 Proof37,494131620253196Type III1999 Proof34,7631417212632220Type III2000 Proof85,5611214172131190Type III2001 Gold Proof650      Type III2001 Proof74,5801315192329180Type III2002 Proof53,5101114171826190Type III2003 Proof53,8891316202531140Type III2003 Silver Proof6,5001617181921100Type III2004 Proof66,00010131519279212Values 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.