5 Cents - Elizabeth II 1st portrait

5 Cents - Elizabeth II (1st portrait) -  obverse 5 Cents - Elizabeth II (1st portrait) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 5 Cents
0.05 AUD = 0.034 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.4 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Effigies over Time


1st portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing a laurel


Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.


Short beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)


Engraver: Stuart Devlin

Stuart Leslie Devlin, AO, CMG is a significant contemporary gold and silversmith. Australian-born, he has designed coins for countries around the world, and became especially well known as London-based designer of gold and silver collector's items in the 1970s and 80s.




This Copper-nickel NCLT Coin was issued by the RAM as part of a six coin set to commemorate the six different effigies of Queen Elizabeth II used on Australian coinage. This coin displays the 1st effigy by Mary Gillick used on the first Australian coins to be minted with Queen Elizabeth II.

According to centuries-old tradition, Australia's coins bear an effigy of the reigning monarch on their obverse. Queen Elizabeth II is Australia's longest-serving monarch. Although new effigies are introduced rarely, there have been five previous effigies of the Queen on Australia's coins prior to the latest one by Jody Clark.

Mary Gillick (1953), Arnold Machin (1966), Raphael Makleouf (1985), Vladimir Gottwald (used once on the 50c Royal Visit coin in 2000), Ian Rank-Broadly (1998) and the latest Jody Clark effigy introduced in 2019.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  20,000 UNC in 6 Coin Effigy Set

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