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Type I

1966 - 2006

The Type I ten 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 and the reverse features Stuart Devlin's lyrebird design. Devlin's initials (SD) can be found to the right of the birds foot.

Initials of designer Stuart Devlin (SD) on a 1970 Proof Ten Cent piece.

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London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn.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 toward the three feathers at the top of the coin. On the central feather the London minted coins feature an additional spur compared to the Canberra coins (see below).

Four spurs along the bottom of the central feather indicate this 1966 Ten Cent was minted in Canberra.

Five spurs along the bottom of the central feather indicate this 1966 Ten Cent was minted in London.

In 1981, the Wales mint assisted with striking coins to meet the additional demand for circulation currency brought about by the economic boom of the 1980s.

A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationCurrency in equivalent units of base 10The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinDenominations without base 10 equivalentsa facility that produces coins

 MintageMS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691966 Five spikes30,067,250294772874405701966 Four spikes10,978,6592728351702302601967 51,032,000253137743704901968 24,706,0003145812105807201969 54,665,176253033592506101970 22,346,230192326441109901971 20,754,572202833382005701972 12,541,065202442794005201973 27,350,928212529504508301974 46,575,475212636432202801975 50,930,121222732371902401976 57,100,004162022294007801977 24,193,010192426392002601978 43,070,006172430371802401979 37,020,006182123351802301980 55,184,00016171933864301981 76,180,000111922261605401981 Legend near edge40,000,000      1982 61,687,950151822241201601983 82,473,700212328451905701984 25,878,01414172033140530 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1966 Proof18,066404869832406101969 Proof13,056344247531205101970 Proof15,36817303337442201971 Proof10,06622273137663301972 Proof10,27221254867743701973 Proof10,09024303568784001974 Proof10,91816192236743701975 Proof23,02117202528493201976 Proof21,20016192326393601977 Proof55,00613151826373601978 Proof38,51913161921344301979 Proof36,00614172024292401980 Proof68,00014172426292901981 Proof86,1001113161930871982 Proof100,00015182023262301983 Proof80,00015182226291901984 Proof61,00013161923263202006 Silver Proof5,82928303133160220Values 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.