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Australia: Coin One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern
CoinOne Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern

In May 2009, the Perth mint released a proof coin set based on Andor Mészáros 1966 decimal currency designs.

The tribute set contains five coins which reproduce the reverse designs submitted by Andor Mészáros for the low-denomination coins, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent, in Australia's first issue of decimal currency in 1966. The obverse of the coins was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coins in this set are proof quality silver. They were created using plasters supplied by the Mészáros family.

Mészáros was a prominent sculptor and medal artist based in Melbourne. As part of the project to introduce decimal currency to Australia, the Advisory Panel on Coin Design commissioned six artists, including Mészáros, to submit reverse designs for the new coins. Andor's designs included Australian flora (wattle and waratah) and fauna (platypus, yabbie, kookaburra, snake and black swan). The successful artist was Stuart Devlin, a Geelong-born gold and silversmith, later based in England.

This set highlights the artistic endeavours involved in the development of decimal currency, which was a major event in Australia's numismatic history.

Mass: 2.43 g. Diameter: 17.6 mm. Composition: 0.999 silver (0.078 oz. ASW).

MintPerth Mint
Obverse

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). 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 Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009.

The effigy of the Queen is smaller than on regular coins.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Reverse

Waratah flower bloom. The numeral 1 superimposed. Below, artist's initials AM and symbol.

Reverse Inscription 1
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Perth Mint 2016 Mint link
Perth Mint 2016 Mintage link
All Coins of Country: Australia, Type: One Cent (32)
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) 84,407 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
One Cent 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern 7,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
One Cent 2011 (Silver) 6,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
One Cent 2012 (Gold) 2,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
One Cent 2016 (mint sets only) 10,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Cent (NCLT)
Issued2009
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value1 (x Cent)
CurrentNo
Mintage7,500
MaterialBronze
DesignerAndor Mészáros
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)17.5300
Mass (g)2.5900
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One Cent 2009 Decimal Pattern: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 1249