One Cent 2012 (Gold), Coin from Australia - detailed information

One Cent 2012 (Gold), Coin from Australia
CoinOne Cent 2012 (Gold)

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The one cent and the two cent denominations were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992.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.

In 2012, the Royal Australian Mint struck some in gold as an item for collectors. They are "mini coins" (0.5 g of 0.9999 gold, diameter of 11.15 mm) and are part of an eight-coin proof set.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,000

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her 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 small 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 2012.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012

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
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One Cent 2012 (Gold): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Cent, NCLT
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Total Mintage2,000
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size17.5300 mm
Mass2.5900 g
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One Cent 2012 (Gold): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2032