Australia: Coin Type Five Cents - detailed information

Australia: Coin Type Five Cents (issued 1966 - )
Coin TypeFive Cents

The 5 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. Given that the earlier Australian Pound was equal to 240 pence, and the new Australian Dollar was introduced at two dollars to the pound, the five cents denomination was exactly equal to the earlier Australian Sixpence - both in value and in size (the coins were made of the same dimensions and mass). It is thus a direct descendant of the British Sixpence.

The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin has not been changed since the introduction. After the withdrawal of the one cent and two cents denominations from circulation in February 1992, the five cent coin is now the smallest circulating coin of the Australian dollar.

Australian 5 cent coins have been produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Mint, Llantrisant and the Royal Canadian Mint.

Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel.

Obverse

Australian decimal coins have carried four portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

The inclusion of an effigy of the Queen on the obverse of Australia's coinage is mandated by Regulation 4 (c) of the Currency Regulations made under the Currency Act 1965. Portraits of Her Majesty have all faced to the right in line with a convention, said to have commenced with Charles II (1660-1685), that the new Monarch's portrait would face in a direction opposite to that of their predecessor.

Obverse InscriptionELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA [year]
Reverse

An echidna (also known as a spiny ant-eater) seen from below as it rolls into a protective ball. The denomination numeral 5 [cents] is above the lower half of the animal; the artist's initials SD (for Stuart Devlin) are below the numeral in (very) tiny letters.

Reverse Inscription5
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for five cent coins is 20mm.

All Coins of Type: Five Cents (56)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Cents 1966 75,445,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966
Five Cents 1967 62,144,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1967
Five Cents 1968 67,336,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1968
Five Cents 1969 38,183,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Five Cents 1970 46,073,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
Five Cents 1971 39,526,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1971
Five Cents 1972 8,236,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1972
Five Cents 1973 48,826,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1973
Five Cents 1974 64,259,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1974
Five Cents 1975 44,279,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1975
Five Cents 1976 113,201,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1976
Five Cents 1977 108,855,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
Five Cents 1978 25,249,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Five Cents 1979 44,569,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1979
Five Cents 1980 115,110,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1980
Five Cents 1981 162,350,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Five Cents 1982 139,568,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1982
Five Cents 1983 131,648,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
Five Cents 1984 43,500,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984
Five Cents 1985 (mint sets only) 245,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
Five Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 247,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1986
Five Cents 1987 73,570,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987
Five Cents 1988 103,400,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Five Cents 1988 Cook Islands Mule unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 1988
Five Cents 1989 95,800,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Five Cents 1990 33,253,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Five Cents 1991 29,900,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
Five Cents 1992 52,600,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
Five Cents 1993 93,886,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993
Five Cents 1994 146,708,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1994
Five Cents 1995 85,035,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
Five Cents 1996 79,251,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
Five Cents 1997 100,712,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Five Cents 1998 88,564,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Five Cents 1999 179,044,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Five Cents 2000 97,486,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Five Cents 2001 174,638,569 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Five Cents 2002 148,851,514 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Five Cents 2003 115,509,090 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Five Cents 2004 147,708,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Five Cents 2005 194,333,520 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Five Cents 2006 306,500,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Five Cents 2007 59,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Five Cents 2008 200,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Five Cents 2009 83,900,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Five Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern 7,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Five Cents 2010 55,100,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Five Cents 2011 44,800,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Five Cents 2012 68,900,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Five Cents 2013 78,700,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Five Cents 2014 58,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Five Cents 2015 21,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Five Cents 2016 34,400,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Five Cents 2016 Changeover 4,700,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
Five Cents 2017 18,600,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Five Cents 2018 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
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Five Cents: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
From1966
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.5300
Mass (g)2.8300
Five Cents: Photos
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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, Australia, 1966
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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, Australia, 1966
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Australia - 5 Cents - 1999
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
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