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five cents

The 5 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design has not been changed since the introduction.

All of the first issue of 5 cent coins in 1966 was produced at the Royal Mint, London. Since the first production from London, 5 cent coins have been produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Mint, Llantrisant and the Royal Canadian Mint.

Nominal specifications

composition 75% copper 25% nickel
shape circular
edge milled
mass (grams) 2.83
diameter (millimetres) 19.41


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

5 cents reverse image - echidna

1966-present

An impression of an echidna designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin.

1966: 30 million, RML
1966: 45.4 million, RAM
1967: 62.1 million, RAM
1968: 67.3 million, RAM
1969: 38.2 million, RAM
1970: 46.1 million, RAM
1971: 39.5 million, RAM
1972: 8.3 million, RAM
1973: 48.8 million, RAM
1974: 64.2 million, RAM
1975: 44.3 million, RAM
1976: 113.2 million, RAM
1977: 108.8 million, RAM
1978: 25.2 million, RAM
1979: 44.5 million, RAM
1980: 115 million, RAM
1981: 62 million, RAM
1981: 50 million, RCM
1981:50.3 million, RMLL
1982: 139.5 million, RAM
1983: 131.6 million, RAM
1984: 43.5 million, RAM

No 5 cents were produced in 1985 or 1986.

    1987: 73.5 million, RAM
1988: 103.4 million, RAM
1989: 95.8 million, RAM
1990: 33.3 million, RAM
1991: 29.9 million, RAM
1992: 52.6 million, RAM
1993: 93.8 million, RAM
1994: 146.7 million, RAM
1995: 85 million, RAM
1996: 79.2 million, RAM
1997: 100.7 million, RAM
1998: 88.5 million, RAM
1999: 179.5 million, RAM
2000: 97.4 million, RAM
2001: 174.6 million, RAM
2002: 148.8 million, RAM
2003: 115.1 million, RAM
2004: 145.3 million, RAM
2005: 194.3 million, RAM
2006: 306.5 million, RAM
2007: 59.0 million, RAM
2008: 200.2 million, RAM
2009: 83.9 million, RAM
2010: 55.1 million, RAM
2011: 44.8 million, RAM
2012: 68.9 million, RAM
2013: 78.7 million, RAM
2014: not available

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.