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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London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn.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 spikes30,067,250284570844205501966 Four spikes10,978,6592628341702202501967 51,032,000242935713604701968 24,706,0003044782005606901969 54,665,176242932572405901970 22,346,230182325431009601971 20,754,572192731371905501972 12,541,065192340763805001973 27,350,928202528484308101974 46,575,475202635422102701975 50,930,121212631361802301976 57,100,004161921283907501977 24,193,010192325381902501978 43,070,006162329351802301979 37,020,006172022341702201980 55,184,00015171832834201981 76,180,000101921251505201981 Legend near edge40,000,000      1982 61,687,950141721231201501983 82,473,700202227441905501984 25,878,01414171932140510 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1966 Proof18,066394767802305901969 Proof13,056334145521104901970 Proof15,36816293235432101971 Proof10,06622263036643201972 Proof10,27220244665713601973 Proof10,09023293466763801974 Proof10,91815182135723601975 Proof23,02116202427473101976 Proof21,20016192325383501977 Proof55,00612151825363501978 Proof38,51913151820334201979 Proof36,00613161923282401980 Proof68,00014162325282801981 Proof86,1001113151829841982 Proof100,00014172022262201983 Proof80,00014172125281801984 Proof61,00013151922253102006 Silver Proof5,82927293032160210Values 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.