One Cent 2017 Possum Magic, Coin from Australia - detailed information

One Cent 2017 Possum Magic, Coin from Australia
CoinOne Cent 2017 Possum Magic

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The one cent and the two cent denominations were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992.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 2017, the Royal Australian Mint released a series of circulating and collector coins which highlight one of the country’s newer, though very popular, children’s stories - Possum Magic.

Possum Magic, a book written by Merrion Frances “Mem” Fox, follows the story of two Australian possums, Grandma Poss and her grandchild Hush. Originally written in 1978, the book was rejected by nine publishers until one, Omnibus Books, asked for it to be reduced in size by two-thirds and that all of the animals be Australian animals to focus on the Australian theme. Thus, Possum Magic was published with the story of Grandma Poss using her possum magic to turn Hush invisible to protect the child from the dangers of the Australian Bush. Forgetting how to make Hush visible again, Grandma Poss and Hush set out on an adventure to tour Australia to find a cure.

The coins, which include four $1 coins and three colour-printed $2 coins, depict some of the more memorable original illustrations created by Julie Vivas, whose artwork was included in the published story. She also created a new reverse design which shows Hush reading a book - perhaps her own copy of Possum Magic - which appears on the one cent coin.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage401,000
Obverse
Australia / One Cent 2017 Possum Magic - obverse photo

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 2017.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Reverse
Australia / One Cent 2017 Possum Magic - reverse photo

The reverse shows a happy baby possum holding an open book.

On the left, a large numeral 1 for the value (one cent).

Reverse Inscription 1
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Date of issue: 8 August 2017.

Issued in Set
Possum Magic 2017 Coin Collection, mintage 401,000
8 coins: $2 (Blue) Invisible Hush, $2 (Purple) Hush Eats Vegemite Sandwich, $2 (Orange) Hush Visible Again, $1 Invisible Hush, $1 Cycling in Search of Food, $1 Eating Lamingtons, $1 Hush Visible Again, 1 Cent Possum Magic
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One Cent 2017 Possum Magic: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Cent, NCLT
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage401,000
CurrentNo
MaterialBronze
DesignerJulie Vivas
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size17.5300 mm
Mass2.5900 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-DDGG-ENQG
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