Ten Cents, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Ten Cents, Coin Type from Australia (issued 1966 - )
Coin TypeTen Cents

The 10 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 ten cents denomination was exactly equal to the earlier Australian Shilling - 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 Shilling.

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 ten cent coin is now the second smallest circulating coin of the Australian dollar.

Australian 10 cent coins have been produced by the Royal Australian Mint and the Royal Mint, Llantrisant.

Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel.

Obverse
Australia / Ten Cents - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the portrait of the ruling monarch.

The inclusion of an effigy of the monarch 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 Queen Elizabeth II 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. Consequently, the portrait of King Charles III faces left.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA [year]
Reverse
Australia / Ten Cents - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a 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; the artist's initials SD (for Stuart Devlin) are in (very) tiny letters below, in the right field beside its foot.

Reverse Inscription 10
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for ten cent coins is 25mm.

Coin Type: Ten Cents - (62) Coins
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Ten Cents: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
From1966
Face Value10 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size5.6600 mm
Thickness1.7600 mm
Mass23.6000 g
Ten Cents: Photos
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Ten Cents: Photo Australia, Elizabeth II, 10 Cents, 1981 Australia, Elizabeth II, 10 Cents, 1981
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
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Ten Cents: Photo Australia, Elizabeth II, 10 Cents, 1993 Australia, Elizabeth II, 10 Cents, 1993
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
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Ten Cents: Photo Australia - 10 Cents - 2000 Australia - 10 Cents - 2000
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
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Ten Cents: Photo Australia - 10 Cents - 2000 Australia - 10 Cents - 2000
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
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