Two Cents, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Two Cents, Coin Type from Australia (issued 1966 - 1992)
Coin TypeTwo Cents

The 2 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design has not been changed since the introduction.

Two cent coins were produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Mint, Melbourne, the Royal Mint, Perth, the Perth Mint and the Royal Mint, Llantrisant. The 2 cent coin was the last circulating coin for Australia struck outside the Royal Australian Mint.

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 Both coins were withdrawn from circulation commencing in February 1992.

Obverse
Australia / Two Cents - obverse photo

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

The reverse features a frilled lizard with neck frill extended and mouth open, designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin. The denomination numeral 2 [cents] is left of the lizard's head; below its body in (very) tiny letters, the designer's initials SD.

Reverse Inscription 2
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for one cent coins is 22.5mm.

Coin Type: Two Cents - (29) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Two Cents 1966 Australia / Two Cents 1966 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1966 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Perth Mint: 217,735,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 145,244,110
- Melbourne Mint: 66,575,000
Total Mintage: 429,554,110
Two Cents 1967 Material: Bronze
Mint: Perth Mint
Mintage: 73,250,000
Two Cents 1968 Material: Bronze
Mint: Perth Mint
Mintage: 16,995,000
Two Cents 1969 Australia / Two Cents 1969 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1969 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 12,953,000
Two Cents 1970 Australia / Two Cents 1970 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1970 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 39,887,000
Two Cents 1971 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 60,745,000
Two Cents 1972 Australia / Two Cents 1972 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1972 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 77,580,000
Two Cents 1973 Australia / Two Cents 1973 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1973 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 68,100,000
- Perth Mint: 26,000,000
Total Mintage: 94,068,000
Two Cents 1974 Australia / Two Cents 1974 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 91,700,000
- Perth Mint: 86,000,000
Total Mintage: 177,734,000
Two Cents 1975 Australia / Two Cents 1975 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Perth Mint: 67,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 33,100,000
Total Mintage: 100,068,000
Two Cents 1976 Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 71,900,000
- Perth Mint: 50,000,000
Total Mintage: 121,903,000
Two Cents 1977 Australia / Two Cents 1977 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1977 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 88,700,000
- Perth Mint: 30,000,000
Total Mintage: 102,055,000
Two Cents 1978 Australia / Two Cents 1978 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1978 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 88,700,000
- Perth Mint: 40,000,000
Total Mintage: 128,739,000
Two Cents 1979 Australia / Two Cents 1979 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1979 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Perth Mint: 40,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 29,700,000
Total Mintage: 69,741,000
Two Cents 1980 Australia / Two Cents 1980 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 105,600,000
- Perth Mint: 40,000,000
Total Mintage: 145,671,000
Two Cents 1981 Australia / Two Cents 1981 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 97,400,000
- Perth Mint: 81,800,000
- Royal Mint: 70,800,000
Total Mintage: 247,386,000
Two Cents 1982 Australia / Two Cents 1982 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1982 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 81,300,000
- Perth Mint: 40,400,000
Total Mintage: 121,870,000
Two Cents 1983 Australia / Two Cents 1983 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1983 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 156,600,000
- Perth Mint: 20,700,000
Total Mintage: 177,307,000
Two Cents 1984 Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 58,024,000
Two Cents 1985 Australia / Two Cents 1985 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1985 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 32,600,000
Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 247,000
Two Cents 1987 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 270,000
Two Cents 1988 Australia / Two Cents 1988 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1988 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 29,011,000
Two Cents 1989 Australia / Two Cents 1989 - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1989 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 124,500,000
Two Cents 1990 (mint sets only) Australia / Two Cents 1990 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1990 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 156,000
Two Cents 1991 (mint sets only) Australia / Two Cents 1991 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 1991 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 189,000
Two Cents 2006 (mint sets only) Australia / Two Cents 2006 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 2006 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 84,407
Two Cents 2010 (Proof only) Australia / Two Cents 2010 (Proof only) - reverse photo Australia / Two Cents 2010 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 400
Two Cents 2016 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 10,000
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Two Cents: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
From1966
To1992
Face Value2 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialBronze
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size21.590 mm
Mass5.200 g
Two Cents: Photos
ImageDetails
Australia, Elizabeth II, 2 Cents, 1981
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Australia, Elizabeth II, 2 Cents, 1981
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Australia, Elizabeth II, 2 Cents, 1985
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