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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London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn.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 spine30,067,250283642834205501966 Short spine45,422,659283437411105001967 62,144,00024445157834201968 67,336,000263340491505201969 38,201,176263338914606001970 46,098,230172026313507101971 39,544,57217252838673401972 8,295,0651201401501907201,2001973 48,846,928162028372101,1001974 64,273,47518212833794001975 44,286,12117212548643201976 113,220,004172125271405201977 108,928,010162124265801,0001978 25,280,006151921231101501978 MuleUnknown      1979 44,603,006141618232105701980 115,142,000171825308101,4001981 112,384,000151719311502001981 Wavy hair curls50,000,000      1982 139,763,950131618261405101983 131,723,700182124261301701984 35,586,01418222436180240 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 Proof18,066526378932506001966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1969 Proof13,05620243138643201970 Proof15,36823293640593001971 Proof10,06620253139944801972 Proof10,272434553631201,4001973 Proof10,09027344150572901974 Proof10,91827283236522601975 Proof23,02111131629345301976 Proof21,20020222528333401977 Proof55,00612141923291201978 Proof38,51913172027361801979 Proof36,00616202325332701980 Proof68,00019202325292201981 Proof86,10017212325341101982 Proof100,0009.30151618254101983 Proof80,00012151822251701984 Proof61,00013162123261302006 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.