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Coin: Two Cents 1981

Australian two cent coins were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992. However (as of 2016), they are still legal tender.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value2 (x Cent) TypeTwo Cents
Year1981 CurrentYes
Mintage247,386,000 (247.4 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 97,400,000 (97.4 million)
Perth Mint No mint mark 81,800,000 (81.8 million)
Royal Mint No mint mark 70,800,000 (70.8 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.5900 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.2000

Diademed bust of Queen Elizabeth II right (portrait by Arnold Machin, known as the "Second portrait"). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981

The reverse features a frilled lizard with neck frill extended and mouth open; the denomination numeral 2 [cents] is left of the lizard's head and the artist's initials SD below its body.

Reverse inscription


EdgePlain Edge inscription



Krause lists combined circulation mintage of 247,300,000 plus 86,000 proofs.

Two Cents 1981: Known varieties
Proof (Royal Australian Mint) 86,000 (included in main number)
No SD unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Two Cents 1981: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 63
Two Cents 1981: References to Information Used
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Perth Mint 2012 Varieties link No SD
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Two Cents 1981: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 2 Cents, Australia, 1981
List of all (31) coins of type: Australia / Two Cents
Two Cents 1966 Two Cents 1967 Two Cents 1968 Two Cents 1969 Two Cents 1970 Two Cents 1971
Two Cents 1972 Two Cents 1973 Two Cents 1974 Two Cents 1975 Two Cents 1976 Two Cents 1977
Two Cents 1978 Two Cents 1979 Two Cents 1980 Two Cents 1981 Two Cents 1982 Two Cents 1983
Two Cents 1984 Two Cents 1985 Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1987 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1988 Two Cents 1989
Two Cents 1990 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1991 (mint sets only) Two Cents 2006 (mint sets only) Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern Two Cents 2011 (Silver)
Two Cents 2012 (Gold)