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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London in 1966 to assist with the huge demand for new currency as a result of the vast amount of pre-decimal currency withdrawn.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 spikes30,067,250264366794005201966 Four spikes10,978,6592526321602102401967 51,032,000232833673404401968 24,706,0002941741905306601969 54,665,176222730542205601970 22,346,230172124401009101971 20,754,572182630351805201972 12,541,065182238723604701973 27,350,928192326454107601974 46,575,475192433392002601975 50,930,121202430341702201976 57,100,004151820263707101977 24,193,010182124361802301978 43,070,006152228331702201979 37,020,006161921321602101980 55,184,00014161730784001981 76,180,000101820231404901981 Legend near edge40,000,000      1982 61,687,950131620221101401983 82,473,700192126411805201984 25,878,01413161830130480 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1966 London Mint ProofUnknown      1966 Proof18,066374463762205501969 Proof13,056313943491104701970 Proof15,36815283033402001971 Proof10,06620242834603001972 Proof10,27219234461673401973 Proof10,09022273262713601974 Proof10,91814172033683401975 Proof23,02115182325442901976 Proof21,20015182124363301977 Proof55,00612141724343301978 Proof38,51912151719313901979 Proof36,00613151822262201980 Proof68,00013152224262701981 Proof86,1001012141727791982 Proof100,00014161921242101983 Proof80,00014162024261701984 Proof61,00012151821233002006 Silver Proof5,82926272830150200Values 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.