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two cents

The 2 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design has not been changed since the introduction.

Two cent coins were produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Mint, Melbourne, the Royal Mint, Perth, the Perth Mint and the Royal Mint, Llantrisant. The 2 cent coin was the last circulating coin for Australia struck outside the Royal Australian Mint.

The cessation of issue of one and two cent coins was announced by the Treasurer in his Budget Speech of 21 August 1990. The decision was based on the loss of real purchasing power through inflation and the cost of minting of these coins. The accompanying Press Release noted that "..1c and 2c coins will continue to be legal tender: they can still be used to purchase goods and can be deposited with financial institutions in the normal manner." Both coins were withdrawn from circulation commencing in February 1992.

Nominal specifications

composition 97% copper 2.5% zinc 0.5% tin
shape circular
edge plain
mass (grams) 5.20
diameter (millimetres) 21.59


Mintage figures

Reverse Design Year and design details Production details

RAM = Royal Australian Mint
RCM = Royal Canadian Mint
RML = Royal Mint, London
RMLL= Royal Mint, Llantrisant
RMP = Royal Mint, Perth
PM = Perth Mint

2 cents reverse image - frilled lizard

1966-1989

A representation of a frilled lizard designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin.

1966: 145.2 million, RAM
1966: 66.6 million, RMM
1966: 217.7 million, RMP
1967: 73.3 million, RMP
1968: 17 million, RMP
1969: 12.9 million, RAM
1970: 39.9 million, RAM
1971: 60.7 million, RAM
1972: 77.6 million, RAM
1973: 68.1 million, RAM
1973: 26 million, PM
1974: 91.7 million, RAM
1974: 86 million, PM
1975: 33.1 million, RAM
1975: 67 million, PM
1976: 71.9 million, RAM
1976: 50 million, PM
1977: 88.7 million, RAM
1977: 30 million, PM
1978: 88.7 million, RAM
1978: 40 million, PM
1979: 29.7 million, RAM
1979: 40 million,PM
1980: 105.6 million, RAM
1980: 40 million, PM
1981: 97.4 million, RAM
1981: 81.8 million, PM
1981: 70.8 million, RMLL
1982: 81.3 million, RAM
1982: 40.4 million, PM
1983: 156.6 million, RAM
1983: 20.7 million, PM
1984: 58 million, RAM
1985: 32.6 million, RAM

No 2 cents were produced in 1986 or 1987

    1988: 28.9 million, RAM
1989: 124.5 million, RAM

Notes for using these tables: These are final mintages where the numbers have been published in an Annual Report and all coins have been issued. Items marked not available will be updated when they pass the Annual Report and issue test.