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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London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn.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 spine30,067,250303844884405801966 Short spine45,422,659303640441205301967 62,144,00026475460884401968 67,336,000273543521505501969 38,201,176273541964806301970 46,098,230182228333707501971 39,544,57218273041713601972 8,295,0651301501602007601,3001973 48,846,928172130392201,2001974 64,273,47519232935844201975 44,286,12118222751683401976 113,220,004182226291505501977 108,928,010162325286201,1001978 25,280,006162022241201601978 MuleUnknown      1979 44,603,006151719252306101980 115,142,000181927328601,5001981 112,384,000161820331602101981 Wavy hair curls50,000,000      1982 139,763,950141719281405401983 131,723,700192325281401801984 35,586,01419232538190250 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 Proof18,066556782992606401966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1969 Proof13,05621263240683401970 Proof15,36824303842633201971 Proof10,066212633411005001972 Proof10,272454756671201,5001973 Proof10,09028364453613101974 Proof10,91828293438552801975 Proof23,02112141731365601976 Proof21,20021242729353601977 Proof55,00612152024311201978 Proof38,51914172228381901979 Proof36,00617212426352901980 Proof68,00020212427302401981 Proof86,10018222427361201982 Proof100,0009.80161720274301983 Proof80,00013161924261801984 Proof61,00014172225271402006 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.