One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait), Coin from Australia - detailed information

One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinOne Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)

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).

The one cent and the two cent denominations were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992. They have never been demonetised though and remain legal tender.

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 2006, the Royal Australian Mint produced some for mint sets (brilliant uncirculated coins and proofs), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the decimal currency. The silver proofs (only) have Her Majesty's "Second Portrait" (by Arnold Machin), which was last used in Australia in 1984.

The 8-coin Fine Silver Proof 2006 Year Set contains 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents (round), $1 and $2 coins - all with the Queen's Second Portrait by Arnold Machin, as the initial decimal coins released in 1966.

The coins were made of 99.9% silver. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,829
Obverse
Australia / One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) - 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 2006.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Reverse
Australia / One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) - 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
EdgeEdge Inscription
Notes

Mintage figure includes 4,597 coins minted in the 2005/2006 financial year (ending 30 June), and 1,232 minted in 2006/2007 (out of an initially announced mintage limit of 6,500).

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2005 - 2006 (2006), p88. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)
Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2006 - 2007 (2007), p86. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Known varieties
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One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): References to Information Used
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Royal Australian Mint 2006, 2007 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2006, 2007 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 02 October 2006 Composition link
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One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Cent (NCLT)
Issued2006
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage5,829
CurrentNo
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)17.5300
Mass (g)2.6000
OCC IDKLBR-PORR-CNZN-OMNY
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One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Photos
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2006 1c Silver Proof for the Proof Year Set
Copyright: Downies
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2006 1c Silver Proof for the Proof Year Set
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One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 62a