Ten Cents 2016 Changeover, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Ten Cents 2016 Changeover, Coin from Australia
CoinTen Cents 2016 Changeover

On the 50th anniversary of Australian decimal currency, the Royal Australian Mint released a special series of coins commemorating the earlier, pre-decimal currency of the country. The modern circulating designs were joined by depictions of Australia's pre decimal coins on the obverse.

The story of Australian currency runs parallel with the nation's history of progression. As early European settlers improvised a monetary system, international coins, promissory notes and the infamous rum trade were all visible in the early 1800s. The first coins "minted" in Australia were created by removing a piece from the centre of a Spanish dollar, forming two separate coins known as the Holey Dollar and Dump.

The gold rush of the mid-19th Century resulted in many unofficial tokens and ingots until the Sydney Mint opened in 1855, producing sovereigns which were largely identical to their British counterparts. This English influence remained strong and the new national currency of 1910 inevitably emulated English pounds, shillings and pence.

On 14 February 1966, the changeover to decimal currency transformed the nation, as Australia joined a worldwide currency trend. The uniquely Australian images of the decimal coins are still cherished on their 50th anniversary.

As a tribute to Australia's coin history, each coin of the Changeover series features depictions of coin designs from years past. The ten cent coin shows a Threepence (Stalks of Grain) design.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mintage6,290,661
Obverse
Australia / Ten Cents 2016 Changeover - obverse photo

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). The effigy is much smaller than on regular coins.

Below the effigy, a stylised depiction of a threepence coin of the "stalks of grain" type: three ears of wheat held by a curved ribbon; Around above, AUSTRALIA. Denomination and date not depicted, nor are designer's initials shown.

Around above, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016. Around below, FIFTY YEARS.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
Reverse
Australia / Ten Cents 2016 Changeover - reverse photo

Lyrebird seen facing left with its tail plumes expanded forward over its head. The denomination numeral 10 [cents] is above the head of the bird; the artist's initials SD (for Stuart Devlin) are in (very) tiny letters below, in the field beside its right foot.

Reverse Inscription 10
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Total mintage is comprised of:

3,800,000 circulation coins minted during the 2015/2016 financial year.
2,400,000 circulation coins minted during the 2016/2017 financial year.
61,468 + 1,250 brilliant uncirculated coins minted during the 2015/2016 financial year (in two different sets).
2,103 brilliant uncirculated coins minted during the 2016/2017 financial year.
20,852 proof coins minted during the 2015/2016 financial year.
4,988 proof coins minted during the 2016/2017 financial year.

Source of original information

Coins struck during 2015/2016 financial year (RAM Item Codes (none), 210414, 310668, 510901):
Royal Australian Mint (2016). 2015-2016 Annual Report, p96, p99, p107. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

Coins struck during 2016/2017 financial year (RAM Item Codes (none), 210414, 310668):
Royal Australian Mint (2017). 2016-2017 Annual Report, p98, p101. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

Ten Cents 2016 Changeover: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in Mint Set Australia / Ten Cents 2016 Changeover / Brilliant Uncirculated in Mint Set - reverse photo
Mintage 64,821
Details

Issued in two different coin sets: in 6 coin uncirculated set 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency, 2016, RAM Item Code 310668, mintage 63,571, issue price AU$25, and in a set separately branded for the World Money Fair in Berlin, Item Code 510901, mintage 1,250, issue price AU$25.

Variety Proof
Mintage 25,840
Details

In 6 coin proof set 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency, 2016, RAM Item Code 210414, issue price AU$100.

Ten Cents 2016 Changeover: References to Information Used
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All (56) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Ten Cents
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Ten Cents 1966 41,002,110 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966
Ten Cents 1967 51,032,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1967
Ten Cents 1968 57,200,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1968
Ten Cents 1969 22,100,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Ten Cents 1970 22,321,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
Ten Cents 1971 20,736,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1971
Ten Cents 1972 12,512,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1972
Ten Cents 1973 27,330,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1973
Ten Cents 1974 46,561,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1974
Ten Cents 1975 50,923,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1975
Ten Cents 1976 57,081,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1976
Ten Cents 1977 10,995,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
Ten Cents 1978 48,400,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Ten Cents 1979 36,986,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1979
Ten Cents 1980 55,600,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1980
Ten Cents 1981 116,146,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Ten Cents 1982 61,592,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1982
Ten Cents 1983 82,398,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
Ten Cents 1984 25,789,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984
Ten Cents 1985 2,175,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
Ten Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 247,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1986
Ten Cents 1987 (mint sets only) 270,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987
Ten Cents 1988 49,006,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Ten Cents 1989 43,067,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Ten Cents 1990 23,091,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Ten Cents 1991 3,215,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
Ten Cents 1992 43,795,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
Ten Cents 1993 23,146,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993
Ten Cents 1994 43,765,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1994
Ten Cents 1995 (mint sets only) 137,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
Ten Cents 1996 (mint sets only) 149,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
Ten Cents 1997 5,732,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Ten Cents 1998 48,021,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Ten Cents 1999 97,100,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Ten Cents 2000 51,181,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Ten Cents 2001 109,416,569 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Ten Cents 2002 70,368,514 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Ten Cents 2003 53,674,090 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Ten Cents 2004 89,050,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Ten Cents 2005 116,733,520 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Ten Cents 2006 157,087,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Ten Cents 2007 61,096,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Ten Cents 2008 136,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Ten Cents 2009 25,300,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Ten Cents 2010 84,900,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Ten Cents 2011 1,700,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Ten Cents 2012 54,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Ten Cents 2013 49,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Ten Cents 2014 60,700,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Ten Cents 2015 14,300,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Ten Cents 2016 42,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Ten Cents 2016 Changeover 6,290,661 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
Ten Cents 2017 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Ten Cents 2018 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Ten Cents 2019 (Fourth Portrait) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Ten Cents 2019 (Fifth Portrait) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019
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Ten Cents 2016 Changeover: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTen Cents
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value10 (x Cent)
Mintage6,290,661
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)5.6500
Mass (g)23.7200
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