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Coin: Ten Cents 2016 Changeover
Description

On the 50th anniversary of Australian decimal currency, the Royal Australian Mint’s released a special series of coins commemorating the earlier, pre-decimal currency of the country. The modern circulating designs were joined by depictions of Australia's pre decimal coins on the obverse.

The story of Australian currency runs parallel with the nation's history of progression. As early European settlers improvised a monetary system, international coins, promissory notes and the infamous rum trade were all visible in the early 1800s. The first coins "minted" in Australia were created by removing a piece from the centre of a Spanish dollar, forming two separate coins known as the Holey Dollar and Dump.

The gold rush of the mid-19th Century resulted in many unofficial tokens and ingots until the Sydney Mint opened in 1855, producing sovereigns which were largely identical to their British counterparts. This English influence remained strong and the new national currency of 1910 inevitably emulated English pounds, shillings and pence.

On 14 February 1966, the changeover to decimal currency transformed the nation, as Australia joined a worldwide currency trend. The uniquely Australian images of the decimal coins are still cherished on their 50th anniversary.

As a tribute to Australia's coin history, each coin of the Changeover series features depictions of coin designs from today and years past. The ten cent coin shows a threepence design.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value10 (x Cent) TypeTen Cents
Year2016 CurrentYes
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Australian Mint unknown No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)5.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)23.6000
Obverse

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

Below the effigy, a stylised depiction of a threepence coin of the "stalks of grain" type: three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon; Around above, AUSTRALIA. Denomination and date not depicted.

Around above, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016. Below, FIFTY YEARS.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
Reverse

Lyrebird seen facing left with its tail plumes expanded forward over its head. The denomination numeral 10 [cents] is above the head of the bird and the artist's initials SD are below, in the field beside its right foot.

Reverse inscription

10

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Ten Cents 2016 Changeover: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof unknown
Ten Cents 2016 Changeover: References to Information Used
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Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
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Ten Cents 2016 Changeover: Some useful external links
Mint makes decimal currency history with the flip of a coin | Royal Australian Mint
List of all (53) coins of type: Australia / Ten Cents
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Ten Cents 1978 Ten Cents 1979 Ten Cents 1980 Ten Cents 1981 Ten Cents 1982 Ten Cents 1983
Ten Cents 1984 Ten Cents 1985 Ten Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Ten Cents 1987 (mint sets only) Ten Cents 1988 Ten Cents 1989
Ten Cents 1990 Ten Cents 1991 Ten Cents 1992 Ten Cents 1993 Ten Cents 1994 Ten Cents 1995 (mint sets only)
Ten Cents 1996 (mint sets only) Ten Cents 1997 Ten Cents 1998 Ten Cents 1999 Ten Cents 2000 Ten Cents 2001
Ten Cents 2002 Ten Cents 2003 Ten Cents 2004 Ten Cents 2005 Ten Cents 2006 Ten Cents 2007
Ten Cents 2008 Ten Cents 2009 Ten Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern Ten Cents 2010 Ten Cents 2011 Ten Cents 2012
Ten Cents 2013 Ten Cents 2014 Ten Cents 2015 Ten Cents 2016 Ten Cents 2016 Changeover