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Type I

1966 - 2006

The Type I five cent was issued from 1966 to 1984, with an additional proof striking in silver in 2006 as part of the 40th anniversary of decimal coinage set. The obverse features the Arnold Machin portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, with Stuart Devlin's echidna design on the reverse. Devlin's initials (SD) can be found directly underneath the denomination.

The issue was struck at the Royal Australian Mint in all years with additional assistance provided by the Royal Mint London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn. To distinguish between the 1966 London and Canberra pieces one must look closely for the spines on the echidna's front right shoulder. The spine on the London mint coins is approximately twice the length as those minted in Canberra (see images below). In 1982, the Wales and Canadian mints also assisted with striking coins to meet the additional demand for circulation currency brought about by the economic boom of the 1980s.

A short spine indicates that the 1966 five cent was minted in Canberra.

A long spine indicates that the 1966 five cent was minted in London.

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 MintageMS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691966 Long spine30,067,250263439783905101966 Short spine45,422,659263235381004601967 62,144,00023414853783901968 67,336,000243138451404901969 38,201,176243136844305601970 46,098,230161924293306601971 39,544,57216242636633201972 8,295,0651101301401806701,1001973 48,846,928151826342001,0001974 64,273,47517202631743701975 44,286,12116192345603001976 113,220,004162023251304801977 108,928,010142022245409701978 25,280,006141819211101401978 MuleUnknown      1979 44,603,006131517222005301980 115,142,000151723287601,3001981 112,384,000141618291401901981 Wavy hair curls50,000,000      1982 139,763,950121517251304801983 131,723,700172022241201601984 35,586,01417202234170220 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 Proof18,066495973872305601966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1969 Proof13,05618232835603001970 Proof15,36821273337552801971 Proof10,06619232936884401972 Proof10,272404249591101,3001973 Proof10,09025313946532701974 Proof10,91825263033482401975 Proof23,02110121527324901976 Proof21,20019212326313201977 Proof55,00611131821271101978 Proof38,51913151925341701979 Proof36,00615182123312501980 Proof68,00018182123272101981 Proof86,10016192123321001982 Proof100,0008.60141517233801983 Proof80,00011141721231601984 Proof61,00012152022241202006 Silver Proof5,829      Values 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.