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Coin: Five Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern

In May 2009, the Perth mint released a proof coin set based on Andor Mészáros 1966 decimal currency designs.

The tribute set contains five coins which reproduce the reverse designs submitted by Andor Mészáros for the low-denomination coins, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent, in Australia's first issue of decimal currency in 1966. The obverse of the coins was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coins in this set are proof quality silver. They were created using plasters supplied by the Mészáros family.

Mészáros was a prominent sculptor and medal artist based in Melbourne. As part of the project to introduce decimal currency to Australia, the Advisory Panel on Coin Design commissioned six artists, including Mészáros, to submit reverse designs for the new coins. Andor's designs included Australian flora (wattle and waratah) and fauna (platypus, yabbie, kookaburra, snake and black swan). The successful artist was Stuart Devlin, a Geelong-born gold and silversmith, later based in England.

This set highlights the artistic endeavours involved in the development of decimal currency, which was a major event in Australia's numismatic history.

Mass: 2.74 g. Diameter: 19.6 mm. Composition: 0.999 silver (0.088 oz. ASW).

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents
Year2009 CurrentYes
Mintage7,500 (7500)
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint No mint mark 7,500 (7500)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerAndor Mészáros
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.4100 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 2009.

The effigy of the Queen is smaller than on regular coins.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009

Platypus and yabbie (an Australian freshwater crustacean). The numeral 5 between the animals. Artist's initials AM and symbol, below.

Reverse inscription5
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Five Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 1251
Five Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Perth Mint 2016 Mint link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 2016 Mintage link
Five Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collection: Proof Coin Set - Andor Mészáros Australian Decimal Pattern, Australia
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (56) coins of type: Australia / Five Cents
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Five Cents 1972 Five Cents 1973 Five Cents 1974 Five Cents 1975 Five Cents 1976 Five Cents 1977
Five Cents 1978 Five Cents 1979 Five Cents 1980 Five Cents 1981 Five Cents 1982 Five Cents 1983
Five Cents 1984 Five Cents 1985 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1987 Five Cents 1988 Five Cents 1988 Cook Islands Mule
Five Cents 1989 Five Cents 1990 Five Cents 1991 Five Cents 1992 Five Cents 1993 Five Cents 1994
Five Cents 1995 Five Cents 1996 Five Cents 1997 Five Cents 1998 Five Cents 1999 Five Cents 2000
Five Cents 2001 Five Cents 2002 Five Cents 2003 Five Cents 2004 Five Cents 2005 Five Cents 2006
Five Cents 2007 Five Cents 2008 Five Cents 2009 Five Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern Five Cents 2010 Five Cents 2011
Five Cents 2012 Five Cents 2013 Five Cents 2014 Five Cents 2015 Five Cents 2016 Five Cents 2016 Changeover
Five Cents 2017 Five Cents 2018