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Coin: Five Cents 2001

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 2001 have now been in circulation for 17 years.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents
Year2001 CurrentYes
Mintage174,638,569 (174.6 million) RarityC (Common)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 174,638,569 (174.6 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.5300 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8300

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). 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 Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001

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

32.889 mln circulation five cent pieces dated 2001 were minted in the 2000/2001 financial year (ending 30 June).

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2000 - 2001 (2001), p. 53. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/sites/default/files/AnnualReport2001_small.pdf

Five Cents 2001: Known varieties
Proof 59,569 (included in main number)
Smaller portrait unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Five Cents 2001: Photos
Five Cents 2001: Photo 5 Cents coin
5 Cents coin
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Five Cents 2001: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 401
Five Cents 2001: References to Information Used
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 2001: Some useful external links
British Museum - coin
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
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