Australia 1981 10 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 ten cent coin was introduced in 1966. The reverse is still in use altho a new bust of the queen was used in 1985 and revised again in 1998. Coinage production, formerly divided among the Sydney, Perth and Melbourne mints, is now concentrated at the Canberra Mint. The Perth mint manufactures and markets commemoratives.

Recorded mintage: 76,010,000 at Canberra plus 40,000,000 at Llantrisant (Wales) plus 86,000 proofs.

Specification: 5.65 g, copper-nickel, 23.6 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 65.


  • 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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