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Coin: Five Cents 1981
Description

The 5 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design 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.

Coins issued in 1981 have now been in circulation for 37 years.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents
Year1981 CurrentYes
Mintage162,350,000 (162.4 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 62,000,000 (62.0 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Royal Mint No mint mark 50,300,000 (50.3 million)
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 50,000,000 (50.0 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.4100 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8300
Obverse

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
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

Krause lists combined circulation mintage of 162,264,000 plus 86,000 proofs.

Five Cents 1981: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Royal Australian Mint) 86,000 (included in main number)
Five Cents 1981: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 64
Five Cents 1981: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Five Cents 1981: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 5 Cents, Uncirculated, Australia, 1981
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