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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London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn.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 spikes30,067,250324146772901,0001966 Four spikes10,978,659313335381908601967 51,032,000363737772901,0001968 24,706,0003242591804901,1001969 54,665,176254249582305701970 22,346,230262728371007201971 20,754,572232833533407101972 12,541,065252642662609701973 27,350,928333339453807601974 46,575,4752530442108903,4001975 50,930,121303134381908701976 57,100,004252526322806301977 24,193,010242525321708401978 43,070,006292935492209101979 37,020,006394041422008901980 55,184,00019204354682701981 76,180,000192122401504301981 Legend near edge40,000,000      1982 61,687,950222222442008901983 82,473,700252531731704701984 25,878,01421222225130400 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1966 Proof18,066475056623607401969 Proof13,05631354045873101970 Proof15,3682323234147541971 Proof10,06631313243572401972 Proof10,27227282828552301973 Proof10,090232335532309201974 Proof10,91814142234532301975 Proof23,02120222527813201976 Proof21,200232323631202301977 Proof55,00621222328355101978 Proof38,51918202123253801979 Proof36,00622222223441501980 Proof68,00020222527344101981 Proof86,1001820232633971982 Proof100,00017192133632601983 Proof80,00020284055771701984 Proof61,00018202224413802006 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.