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Coin: One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern
Description

In May 2009, the Perth mint released a proof coin set based on Andor Mészáros 1966 decimal currency designs.

The tribute set contains five coins which reproduce the reverse designs submitted by Andor Mészáros for the low-denomination coins, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent, in Australia's first issue of decimal currency in 1966. The obverse of the coins was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coins in this set are proof quality silver. They were created using plasters supplied by the Mészáros family.

Mészáros was a prominent sculptor and medal artist based in Melbourne. As part of the project to introduce decimal currency to Australia, the Advisory Panel on Coin Design commissioned six artists, including Mészáros, to submit reverse designs for the new coins. Andor's designs included Australian flora (wattle and waratah) and fauna (platypus, yabbie, kookaburra, snake and black swan). The successful artist was Stuart Devlin, a Geelong-born gold and silversmith, later based in England.

This set highlights the artistic endeavours involved in the development of decimal currency, which was a major event in Australia's numismatic history.

Mass: 2.43 g. Diameter: 17.6 mm. Composition: 0.999 silver (0.078 oz. ASW).

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value1 (x Cent) TypeOne Cent
Year2009 CurrentYes
Mintage7,500 (7500)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint No mint mark 7,500 (7500)
MaterialBronze DesignerAndor Mészáros
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)17.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.6000
Obverse

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"), smaller than on regular coins. In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Reverse

Waratah flower bloom. The numeral 1 superimposed. Below, artist's initials AM and symbol.

Reverse inscription

1

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 1249
One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Perth Mint 2016 Mint link
Perth Mint 2016 Mintage link
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One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collection: Proof Coin Set - Andor Mészáros Australian Decimal Pattern, Australia
List of all (31) coins of type: Australia / One Cent
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One Cent 1972 One Cent 1973 One Cent 1974 One Cent 1975 One Cent 1976 One Cent 1977
One Cent 1978 One Cent 1979 One Cent 1980 One Cent 1981 One Cent 1982 One Cent 1983
One Cent 1984 One Cent 1985 One Cent 1986 (mint sets only) One Cent 1987 One Cent 1988 One Cent 1989
One Cent 1990 One Cent 1991 (mint sets only) One Cent 2006 (mint sets only) One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern One Cent 2011 (Silver)
One Cent 2012 (Gold)