Five Cents, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Five Cents, Coin Type from Australia (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 NameReverseObverseDetails
Five Cents 1966 Australia / Five Cents 1966 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1966 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 45,445,000
- Royal Mint: 30,000,000
Total Mintage: 75,445,000
Five Cents 1967 Australia / Five Cents 1967 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1967 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 62,144,000
Five Cents 1968 Australia / Five Cents 1968 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1968 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 67,336,000
Five Cents 1969 Australia / Five Cents 1969 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1969 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 38,183,000
Five Cents 1970 Australia / Five Cents 1970 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1970 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 46,073,000
Five Cents 1971 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 39,526,000
Five Cents 1972 Australia / Five Cents 1972 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1972 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 8,236,000
Five Cents 1973 Australia / Five Cents 1973 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1973 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 48,826,000
Five Cents 1974 Australia / Five Cents 1974 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 64,259,000
Five Cents 1975 Australia / Five Cents 1975 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 44,279,000
Five Cents 1976 Australia / Five Cents 1976 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1976 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 113,201,000
Five Cents 1977 Australia / Five Cents 1977 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1977 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 108,855,000
Five Cents 1978 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 25,249,000
Five Cents 1979 Australia / Five Cents 1979 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1979 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 44,569,000
Five Cents 1980 Australia / Five Cents 1980 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 115,110,000
Five Cents 1981 Australia / Five Cents 1981 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 62,000,000
- Royal Mint: 50,300,000
- Royal Canadian Mint: 50,000,000
Total Mintage: 162,350,000
Five Cents 1982 Australia / Five Cents 1982 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1982 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 139,568,000
Five Cents 1983 Australia / Five Cents 1983 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1983 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 131,648,000
Five Cents 1984 Australia / Five Cents 1984 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1984 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 43,500,000
Five Cents 1985 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 245,000
Five Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 247,000
Five Cents 1987 Australia / Five Cents 1987 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1987 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 73,570,000
Five Cents 1988 Australia / Five Cents 1988 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1988 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 103,400,000
Five Cents 1988 Cook Islands Mule Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Cents 1989 Australia / Five Cents 1989 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1989 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 95,800,000
Five Cents 1990 Australia / Five Cents 1990 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1990 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 33,253,000
Five Cents 1991 Australia / Five Cents 1991 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1991 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 29,900,000
Five Cents 1992 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 52,600,000
Five Cents 1993 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 93,886,000
Five Cents 1994 Australia / Five Cents 1994 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1994 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 146,708,000
Five Cents 1995 Australia / Five Cents 1995 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1995 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 85,035,000
Five Cents 1996 Australia / Five Cents 1996 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1996 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 79,251,000
Five Cents 1997 Australia / Five Cents 1997 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1997 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 100,712,000
Five Cents 1998 Australia / Five Cents 1998 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1998 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 88,564,000
Five Cents 1999 Australia / Five Cents 1999 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 1999 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 179,044,000
Five Cents 2000 Australia / Five Cents 2000 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2000 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 97,486,000
Five Cents 2001 Australia / Five Cents 2001 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2001 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 174,638,569
Five Cents 2002 Australia / Five Cents 2002 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2002 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 148,851,514
Five Cents 2003 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 115,509,090
Five Cents 2004 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 147,708,000
Five Cents 2005 Australia / Five Cents 2005 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2005 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 194,333,520
Five Cents 2006 Australia / Five Cents 2006 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2006 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 306,500,000
Five Cents 2007 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 59,000,000
Five Cents 2008 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 200,200,000
Five Cents 2009 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 83,900,000
Five Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Perth Mint
Mintage: 7,500
Five Cents 2010 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 55,100,000
Five Cents 2011 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 44,800,000
Five Cents 2012 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 68,900,000
Five Cents 2013 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 78,700,000
Five Cents 2014 Australia / Five Cents 2014 - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2014 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 58,200,000
Five Cents 2015 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 21,200,000
Five Cents 2016 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 34,400,000
Five Cents 2016 Changeover Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 4,700,000
Five Cents 2017 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 18,600,000
Five Cents 2018 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
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
ImageDetails
Proof Coin - 5 Cents, Australia, 1966
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, Australia, 1966
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Source
Australia - 5 Cents - 1999
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
Source