Australia: Coin Type One Cent - detailed information

Australia: Coin Type One Cent (issued 1966 - 1992)
Coin TypeOne Cent

The 1 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design remained unchanged during the existence of the denomination.

One cent coins were produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Mint branch in Melbourne, the Royal Mint branch in Perth and the Royal Mint in Llantrisant (Wales). Production of 1966-dated 1 cent coins commenced at the Royal Mint in Melbourne in 1964.

The cessation of issue of one and two cent coins was announced by the Treasurer in his Budget Speech of 21 August 1990. The decision was based on the loss of real purchasing power through inflation and the cost of minting of these coins. The accompanying Press Release noted that "...1c and 2c coins will continue to be legal tender: they can still be used to purchase goods and can be deposited with financial institutions in the normal manner". Both coins were withdrawn from circulation commencing in February 1992. They were never formally demonetised and still remain legal tender.

Composition: 97% copper, 2.5% zinc, 0.5% tin.

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend, date. Throughout the existence of the coin type, the monarch was Queen Elizabeth II.

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

A representation of a feather tailed glider designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin. Slightly left of centre, the denomination 1 [cent]. Below the end of the glider's tail in (very) tiny letters, the designer's initials SD.

Reverse Inscription1
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

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

All Coins of Type: One Cent (32)
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
One Cent 1966 Australia / One Cent 1966 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1966 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mintage: 412,085,110
One Cent 1967 Material: Bronze
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 110,055,000
One Cent 1968 Australia / One Cent 1968 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1968 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 19,930,000
One Cent 1969 Australia / One Cent 1969 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1969 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 8,793,000
One Cent 1970 Australia / One Cent 1970 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1970 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 72,575,000
One Cent 1971 Australia / One Cent 1971 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1971 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 102,465,000
One Cent 1972 Australia / One Cent 1972 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1972 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 82,410,000
One Cent 1973 Australia / One Cent 1973 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1973 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 140,720,000
One Cent 1974 Australia / One Cent 1974 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1974 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 131,733,000
One Cent 1975 Australia / One Cent 1975 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1975 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 134,798,000
One Cent 1976 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 172,956,000
One Cent 1977 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 153,485,000
One Cent 1978 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 97,292,000
One Cent 1979 Australia / One Cent 1979 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1979 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 130,375,000
One Cent 1980 Australia / One Cent 1980 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1980 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 137,960,000
One Cent 1981 Australia / One Cent 1981 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1981 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mintage: 223,986,000
One Cent 1982 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 134,390,000
One Cent 1983 Australia / One Cent 1983 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1983 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 205,705,000
One Cent 1984 Australia / One Cent 1984 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1984 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 74,796,000
One Cent 1985 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 45,900,000
One Cent 1986 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 247,000
One Cent 1987 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 127,000,000
One Cent 1988 Australia / One Cent 1988 - reverse photo Australia / One Cent 1988 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 108,400,000
One Cent 1989 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 168,400,000
One Cent 1990 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 133,300,000
One Cent 1991 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 216,000
One Cent 2006 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 84,407
One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 5,829
One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern Material: Bronze
Mint: Perth Mint
Mintage: 7,500
One Cent 2011 (Silver) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 6,000
One Cent 2012 (Gold) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,000
One Cent 2016 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 10,000
One Cent: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Sub-types One Cent (NCLT)
From1966
To1992
Face Value1 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialBronze
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)17.5300
Mass (g)2.5900
One Cent: Photos
ImageDetails
Australia, Elizabeth II, Cent, 1984
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Australia, Elizabeth II, Cent, 1984
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