Five Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Five Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinFive Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)

The Australian 5 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966 when it replaced the pre-decimal Australian sixpence. The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin has not been changed since its introduction.

The denomination is occasionally used by both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint to issue collector coins, which are legal tender in Australia - such as this one.

In 2006, the Royal Australian Mint produced some for mint sets (brilliant uncirculated coins and proofs), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the decimal currency. The silver proofs (only) have Her Majesty's "Second Portrait" (by Arnold Machin), which was last used in Australia in 1984.

The 8-coin Fine Silver Proof 2006 Year Set contains 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents (round), $1 and $2 coins - all with the Queen's Second Portrait by Arnold Machin, as the initial decimal coins released in 1966.

The coins were made of 99.9% silver. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,829
Obverse
Australia / Five Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) - obverse photo

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 2006.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Reverse
Australia / Five Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) - reverse photo

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 Inscription 5
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage figure includes 4,597 coins minted in the 2005/2006 financial year (ending 30 June), and 1,232 minted in 2006/2007 (out of an initially announced mintage limit of 6,500).

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2005 - 2006 (2006), p88. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)
Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2006 - 2007 (2007), p86. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

Five Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): References to Information Used
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Royal Australian Mint 2006, 2007 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2006, 2007 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 02 October 2006 Composition link
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Five Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFive Cents (NCLT)
Issued2006
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Total Mintage5,829
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.530 mm
Mass2.830 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-MXMR-OPQM
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Five Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Photos
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2006 5c Silver Proof for the Proof Year Set
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2006 5c Silver Proof for the Proof Year Set
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