|Coin||Five Cents 2019 (First 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.
This coin was issued in a mint set marking the introduction of the Queen's Fifth Effigy in Australia, called Effigies Over Time. The set - with a mintage of 20, 000 - featured $2 with the Jody Clark portrait, $1 with the Gottwald portrait, 50 cents with the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait, 20 cents with the Maklouf portrait, 10 cents with the Machin portrait and 5 cents with the Mary Gillick portrait.
These coins are Non-Circulating Legal Tender (collector issue). No coins of this type have been released into circulation.
Laureate young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "First Portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G. (for Mary Gillick) are incuse on the base of the neck truncation.
Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019.
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.
The coin was issued in Brilliant Uncirculated finish.
Effigies Over Time 2019 Six Coin Uncirculated Set, Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10163, issue price: A$35.00, mintage limit 20,000.
From the Royal Australian Mint:
"A new era in Australia’s coinage begins in 2019 with the introduction of a new effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Australia’s coins. This Six-Coin Uncirculated Set celebrates this historic event with a different effigy of the Queen, from 1953 to 2019, on each coin. A significant collector’s item for those interested in Australian coins, our history, or royal memorabilia."