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 Both coins were withdrawn from circulation commencing in February 1992.
|composition||97% copper 2.5% zinc 0.5% tin|
|Reverse Design||Year and design details||Production details
RAM = Royal Australian Mint
1966-1989A representation of a frilled lizard designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin.
1966: 145.2 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.