Australia 1981 5 cents

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a typical circulated specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
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In 1966, Australia abandoned the sterling coinage she had used since the days of Captain Cook and adopted the decimal dollar and cent. This five cent piece was struck 1969-84 and is still being struck today, altho with an older bust of the Queen. The spiny echidna still curls up on the reverse of current issues. Coinage production, formerly divided among the Sydney, Perth and Melbourne mints, is now concentrated at the Canberra Mint. The Perth mint concentrates on producing collector coins.

Recorded mintage: 162,264,000 + 86,000 proofs, the highest mintage date.

Specification: 2.8 g, copper-nickel, 19.4 mm diameter, designed by Arnold Machin and Stuart Devlin.

Catalog reference: KM 64.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.

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