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5 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait

5 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  obverse5 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  reverse

© Museum Victoria

Features

Country Australia
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1966-1984
Value 5 cents
0.05 AUD = 0.034 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.4 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 64,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 51
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

Short-beaked Echidnas or Spiny Ant Eaters (Tachyglossus aculeatus) and denomination in cents; designer mark below

Lettering:
5
SD

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.

Edge

Reeded

5 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

Introduced in 1966 at the commencement of Decimal Currency in Australia the Five cent coin was struck in Copper-nickel. This version of the coin with the Arnold Machin 2nd portrait of the Queen ran until 1984 when it was replaced in 1985 with the Raphael D. Makleouf 3rd Portrait. There are varieties of the 1966 coins due to being minted at two different Mints.

NOTE: 1966 varieties:
5 cents 1966 Canberra Mint (left picture) with a short spine on the right shoulder of the echidna.
5 cents 1966 London Mint (right picture) with a much larger spine there:



The Fine Silver Proof Set of 2006 included a re-issued version of this coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1966  45,384,000 0.14 0.28 1.03 2.20 2.20 Circulation Canberra Mint
1966  30,000,000 0.22 0.38 Circulation London Mint
1966  18,054 Proof Open Case Year Set
1966  12 Proof Sealed Year Set
1966  77,250 UNC Carded Year Set
1966  15,809 UNC Year Set; Blue wallet
1966  70 UNC Year Set; Operation Fastbuck wallet
1966  12,260 UNC Year Set; Reserve Bank Coloured Wallets
1966  520 UNC Year Set; VIP Presentation Wallet
1967  62,144,000 0.13 0.28 0.76 Circulation
1968  67,336,000 0.17 0.31 0.97 Circulation
1969  38,170,000 0.31 0.31 Circulation
1969  13,056 Proof Year Set
1969  14,351 UNC Year Set; Blue Wallet
1969  16,825 UNC Year Set; Red Wallet
1970  46,058,000 0.69 0.26 0.26 0.96 Circulation
1970  15,368 Proof Year Set
1970  40,230 UNC Year Set
1971  39,516,000 0.28 0.58 Circulation
1971  10,066 Proof Year Set
1971  28,572 UNC Year Set
1972  8,256,000 0.44 Circulation
1972  10,272 Proof Year Set
1972  39,065 UNC Year Set
1973  48,816,000 0.17 0.35 0.73 Circulation
1973  10,090 Proof Year Set
1973  30,928 UNC Year Set
1974  64,248,000 0.36 0.36 Circulation
1974  10,918 Proof Year Set
1974  25,475 UNC Year Set
1975  44,256,000 0.23 0.24 0.38 Circulation
1975  23,021 Proof year set
1975  30,121 UNC Year Set
1976  113,180,000 0.03 0.15 0.15 0.52 Circulation
1976  21,200 Proof Year Set
1976  40,004 UNC Year Set
1977  108,800,000 0.22 0.28 0.49 Circulation
1977  55,006 Proof Year Set
1977  128,010 UNC Year Set
1978  25,210,000 0.21 0.48 Circulation
1978  38,519 Proof Year Set
1978  70,006 UNC Year Sett
1979  44,533,000 0.15 0.15 0.48 Circulation
1979  36,006 Proof Year Set
1979  70,006 UNC Year Set
1980  115,042,000 0.34 0.39 1.00 Circulation
1980  68,000 Proof year set
1980  100,000 UNC Year Set
1981  61,988,000 0.23 0.23 0.23 0.80 Circulation Canberra Mint
1981  50,000,000 0.22 Circulation Royal Canadian Mint
1981  50,276,000 Circulation Royal Mint Llantrisant
1981  86,100 Proof Year Set
1981  120,000 UNC Year Set
1982  139,468,000 0.12 0.12 0.28 0.39 2.02 Circulation
1982  100,000 Proof Year Set
1982  195,950 UNC Year Set
1983  131,568,000 0.09 0.24 0.44 0.84 Circulation
1983  80,000 Proof Year Set
1983  155,700 UNC Year Set
1984  43,436,000 0.22 0.48 Circulation
1984  61,000 Proof Year Set
1984  150,014 UNC Year Set

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