Australia 1979 10 cents

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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 ten cent piece was struck 1966-84. The denomination is still issued with the same lyrebird on the reverse, altho the bust of the queen was updated in 1985 and 1998. Coinage production, formerly divided among the Sydney, Perth and Melbourne mints, is now concentrated at the Canberra Mint while the Perth mint produces collector coins.

Recorded mintage: 44,533,000 plus 36,000 proofs.

Specification: 2.83 g, copper-nickel, 19.41 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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