Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinFive Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald 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 2010, the Royal Australian Mint produced - apart from the regular brilliant uncirculated, proof and silver proof coin sets - a commemorative gold coin set, the 2010 Gold Proof Set - Australian Numismatic Centenary. Unlike the other sets - which feature the regular effigy of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, which was in circulation in Australia at the time - the coins in the gold set have her effigy by Vladimir Gottwald.

It is a uniquely Australian effigy, designed exclusively for the Royal Australian Mint, by its world renowned designer - Vladimir Gottwald. Acting on a worldwide invitation from Buckingham Palace in 1999, to design a more modern effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Gottwald’s design was eventually selected to honour Her Majesty’s royal visit of 2000 on a commemorative 50c coin.

The 6-coin set contains 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1 and $2 coins - all with the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald.

The coins are made of 99.99% gold. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Australia / Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - obverse photo

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (by Vladimir Gottwald). 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 Ian Rank-Broadley portraits, and the King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace.

A small G in a circle under the portrait represents the artist's initial.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Australia / Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald 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

The 6-coin set, Royal Australian Mint Product Code 803400, was announced in February 2010, at issue price of A$6,995.00. The coins are housed in a finely crafted wooden case, with an engraved plaque indicating the mintage number.

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Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFive Cents, NCLT
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Total Mintage500
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.410 mm
Mass6.030 g
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Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait): Photos
2010 5c Gold Proof for the Proof Year Set
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2010 5c Gold Proof for the Proof Year Set
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