Detailed information about Coin: One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern from Australia
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).
|Face value||1 (x Cent)||Type||One Cent|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||17.6500||Thickness (mm)|
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|
Waratah flower bloom. The numeral 1 superimposed. Below, artist's initials AM and symbol.
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Australia KM# 1249|
|Museums Victoria Collections||2016||Coin description||link|
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|Museums Victoria Collection: Proof Coin Set - Andor Mészáros Australian Decimal Pattern, Australia|
|One Cent 1966||One Cent 1967||One Cent 1968||One Cent 1969||One Cent 1970||One Cent 1971|
|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)|