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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
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1966-1984
Value 5 cents
0.05 AUD = 0.031 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

Mints

Short spine on the right shoulder of the echidna (1966 only) Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia
Short spine on the right shoulder of the echidna (1966 only) Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia
Larger spine on the right shoulder of the echidna (1966 only) Royal Mint, London, United Kingdom

Comments

Introduced in 1966 at the commencement of decimal currency in Australia, the five-cent coin was struck with copper-nickel. This coin with the portrait of the Queen was replaced in 1985 with Raphael D. Makleouf's 3rd Portrait. There are varieties of the 1966 coins due to being minted at two different Mints.

Canberra: Left Photo
London: Right Photo
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 Frequency
1966  45,384,000 0.12 0.26 1.01 1.91 1.91 19% Circulation Canberra Mint
1966  30,000,000 0.22 23.07 7% Circulation London Mint
1966  18,054 0.3% Proof Open Case Year Set
1966  12 0.03% Proof Sealed Year Set
1966  77,250 0.10% UNC Carded Year Set
1966  15,809 0.03% UNC Year Set; Blue wallet
1966  70 0.02% UNC Year Set; Operation Fastbuck wallet
1966  12,260 0.03% UNC Year Set; Reserve Bank Coloured Wallets
1966  520 0.02% UNC Year Set; VIP Presentation Wallet
1967  62,144,000 0.12 0.27 0.74 18% Circulation
1968  67,336,000 0.16 0.24 0.96 3.49 18% Circulation
1969  38,170,000 0.30 0.30 12% Circulation
1969  13,056 0.3% Proof Year Set
1969  14,351 0.10% UNC Year Set; Blue Wallet
1969  16,825 0.02% UNC Year Set; Red Wallet
1970  46,058,000 0.67 0.08 0.27 0.94 14% Circulation
1970  15,368 0.3% Proof Year Set
1970  40,230 0.17% UNC Year Set
1971  39,516,000 0.29 0.56 11% Circulation
1971  10,066 0.15% Proof Year Set
1971  28,572 0.10% UNC Year Set
1972  8,256,000 0.33 4% Circulation
1972  10,272 0.10% Proof Year Set
1972  39,065 0.05% UNC Year Set
1973  48,816,000 0.16 0.20 0.33 0.72 0.15 12% Circulation
1973  10,090 0.99 0.14% Proof Year Set
1973  30,928 0.02% UNC Year Set
1974  64,248,000 0.41 0.30 0.30 14% Circulation
1974  10,918 0.2% Proof Year Set
1974  25,475 0.07% UNC Year Set
1975  44,256,000 0.23 0.26 0.47 12% Circulation
1975  23,021 0.3% Proof year Set
1975  30,121 0.08% UNC Year Set
1976  113,180,000 0.03 0.18 0.18 0.53 22% Circulation
1976  21,200 13.22 0.4% Proof Year Set
1976  40,004 0.14% UNC Year Set
1977  108,800,000 0.07 0.22 0.30 0.49 2.27 19% Circulation
1977  55,006 0.5% Proof Year Set
1977  128,010 0.19% UNC Year Set
1978  25,210,000 0.27 0.37 7% Circulation
1978  38,519 0.3% Proof Year Set
1978  70,006 0.14% UNC Year Sett
1979  44,533,000 0.16 0.17 0.47 0.69 13% Circulation
1979  36,006 0.2% Proof Year Set
1979  70,006 0.14% UNC Year Set
1980  115,042,000 0.10 0.35 0.35 0.98 20% Circulation
1980  68,000 0.5% Proof year Set
1980  100,000 0.19% UNC Year Set
1981  61,988,000 0.23 0.23 0.23 0.67 23% Circulation Canberra Mint
1981  50,000,000 0.21 3% Circulation Royal Canadian Mint
1981  50,276,000 1.8% Circulation Royal Mint Llantrisant
1981  86,100 0.4% Proof Year Set
1981  120,000 0.2% UNC Year Set
1982  139,468,000 0.11 0.11 0.26 0.38 1.51 23% Circulation
1982  100,000 2.45 0.6% Proof Year Set
1982  195,950 0.3% UNC Year Set
1983  131,568,000 0.09 0.17 0.26 0.41 0.41 0.79 21% Circulation
1983  80,000 0.6% Proof Year Set
1983  155,700 0.10% UNC Year Set
1984  43,436,000 0.22 0.47 1.19 10% Circulation
1984  61,000 6.99 0.4% Proof Year Set
1984  150,014 0.5% UNC Year Set

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