Five Cents

The five cent coin was first introduced with decimal currency on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design of the echidna has not been changed since the introduction.

All of the first issue of five cent coins in 1966 were produced at the Royal Mint, London. Since the first production from London, five 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: 2.83 grams
Diameter: 19.41 millimetres


Mintage Figures

Reverse Design

Design Details

 Year   

Mintage
(millions)

 Mint*  

Australian Five Cent - Reverse

1966-present

An impression of an echidna designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin

1966

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1981

1981

1982

1983

1984

30.0

45.4

62.1

67.3

38.2

46.1

39.5

8.3

48.8

64.2

44.3

113.2

108.8

25.2

44.5

115.0

62.0

50.0

50.3

139.5

131.6

43.5

RML

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RCM

RMLL

RAM

RAM

RAM

 

No five cent coins were produced in 1985 or 1986

1985

1986

-

-

-

-

 

 

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

73.5

103.4

95.8

33.3

29.9

52.6

93.8

146.7

85.0

79.2

100.7

88.5

179.5

97.4

174.6

148.8

115.1

145.3

194.3

306.5

59.0

200.2

83.9

55.1

44.8

68.9

78.7

58.2

21.2

N/A

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

2016 obverse design to celebrate the 50th anniversary of decimal currency 2016 N/A 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.

*RAM = Royal Australian Mint; RCM = Royal Canadian Mint; RML = Royal Mint, London; RMLL=Royal Mint, Llantrisant