Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy, Coin from Australia
CoinFive Cents 2023 Echidna Toy

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 design was issued in the baby mint sets of the year only; all the coins in the set are re-imagined versions of the "definitive" types and are designed as baby toys. The five-cent coin shows a wooden "posable" echidna - a popular children's toy made of wood and pieces of rope.

These coins are Non-Circulating Legal Tender (collector issue). No coins of this type have been released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders) and extends almost to the rim of the coin; consequently, the legend does not run continuously around the rim.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in tiny letters below left.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023
Reverse
Australia / Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin is a re-design of Stuart Devlin's definitive 5-cent piece showing an echidna (also known as a spiny ant-eater) seen from below as it rolls into a protective ball. It is implemented as a wood-and-rope posable children's toy.

Superimposed over the echidna, the numeral for the value: 5 [cents].

Reverse Inscription 5
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The obverse has the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, even though the coins were issued during the reign of King Charles III.

Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Images Australia / Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy / In mint sets - obverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy / In mint sets - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
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Brilliant Unirculated coins in RAM mint sets.

In Set Baby Coins 2023 Uncirculated Year Set, mintage unknown
6 coins: $2 Baby, $1 Kangaroo Toys, 50 Cents Kangaroo and Emu Toys, 20 Cents Platypus Toy, 10 Cents Lyrebird Toy, 5 Cents Echidna Toy, Baby Set Medal
Variety Proof FDC
Images Australia / Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy / Proof FDC - obverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Proof coins in RAM mint sets.

In Set Baby Coins 2023 Proof Year Set, mintage unknown
6 coins: $2 Baby, $1 Kangaroo Toys, 50 Cents Kangaroo and Emu Toys, 20 Cents Platypus Toy, 10 Cents Lyrebird Toy, 5 Cents Echidna Toy
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Five Cents 2023 Echidna Toy: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFive Cents, NCLT
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerBronwyn King
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.5300 mm
Mass2.8300 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-NLKY-OYPL
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