One Cent 1969, Coin from Australia - detailed information

One Cent 1969, Coin from Australia
CoinOne Cent 1969

The Australian one-cent coin is the smallest denomination of the Australian dollar. It was introduced with the Currency Act 1965 (Commonwealth) but - unlike some of the other denominations - it did not replace an earlier pre-decimal coin; given that the 5 cents piece replaced the sixpence, one cent was technically equal to 1.2 pence but the Act rounded that to one penny. The one cent coin was much smaller than the penny though, so the penny denomination did not continue to circulate (unlike the sixpence, shilling and florin which were equivalent to respectively 5 cents, 10 cents and 20 cents and were re-denominated as such).

Coins issued in 1969 circulated for 23 years before, together with coins of the two cent denomination, they were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992. They have never been demonetised though and remain legal tender.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintage8,793,000
Obverse
Australia / One Cent 1969 - 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 1969.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Reverse
Australia / One Cent 1969 - reverse photo

A representation of a feather tailed glider designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin. Slightly left of centre, the denomination 1 [cent]. Below the end of the glider's tail in (very) tiny letters, the designer's initials SD.

Reverse Inscription 1
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
One Cent 1969: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage 13,000 (included in total)
One Cent 1969: References to Information Used
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Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
All (29) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: One Cent
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Cent 1966 412,085,110 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966
One Cent 1967 110,055,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1967
One Cent 1968 19,930,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1968
One Cent 1969 8,793,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
One Cent 1970 72,575,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
One Cent 1971 102,465,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1971
One Cent 1972 82,410,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1972
One Cent 1973 140,720,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1973
One Cent 1974 131,733,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1974
One Cent 1975 134,798,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1975
One Cent 1976 172,956,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1976
One Cent 1977 153,485,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
One Cent 1978 97,292,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
One Cent 1979 130,375,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1979
One Cent 1980 137,960,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1980
One Cent 1981 223,986,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
One Cent 1982 134,390,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1982
One Cent 1983 205,705,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
One Cent 1984 74,796,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984
One Cent 1985 45,900,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
One Cent 1986 (mint sets only) 247,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1986
One Cent 1987 127,000,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987
One Cent 1988 108,400,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
One Cent 1989 168,400,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
One Cent 1990 133,300,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
One Cent 1991 (mint sets only) 216,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
One Cent 2006 (mint sets only) 87,407 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
One Cent 2010 (Proof only) 400 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
One Cent 2016 (mint sets only) 10,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
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One Cent 1969: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Cent
Issued1969
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Mintage8,793,000
CurrentNo
MaterialBronze
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)17.5300
Mass (g)2.5900
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One Cent 1969: Photos
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One Cent 1969: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 62