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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London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn.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 spikes30,067,250344349823101,0001966 Four spikes10,978,659333537402009201967 51,032,000393939823101,0001968 24,706,0003445621905201,2001969 54,665,176264452622406001970 22,346,230282830391107601971 20,754,572252935573607601972 12,541,065272844702801,0001973 27,350,928353641484008101974 46,575,4752732472209503,6001975 50,930,121323336402009201976 57,100,004272727342906701977 24,193,010262626341808901978 43,070,006303137522309701979 37,020,006424344452109401980 55,184,00020224657722801981 76,180,000202223421504601981 Legend near edge40,000,000      1982 61,687,950232323472209501983 82,473,700262733771805001984 25,878,01423232327140420 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1966 Proof18,066505359663807801969 Proof13,05633374248923301970 Proof15,3682424244350571971 Proof10,06633333445612601972 Proof10,27229293030582501973 Proof10,090242537562409801974 Proof10,91815152336562401975 Proof23,02121242729863401976 Proof21,200242525671202401977 Proof55,00622232430375401978 Proof38,51919212325274001979 Proof36,00623242424471501980 Proof68,00021242629364401981 Proof86,10019222528351001982 Proof100,00018202235672801983 Proof80,00022304259821801984 Proof61,00020212326444102006 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.