One Cent

The one cent coin was first introduced with decimal currency on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design of a feather tailed glider has not been changed since the introduction.

One cent coins were produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Mint Melbourne branch, the Royal Mint Perth branch, and the Royal Mint, Llantrisant. Production of 1966-dated one cent coins commenced at the Royal Mint Melbourne branch in 1964.

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 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Both coins were withdrawn from circulation commencing in February 1992.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: 2.60 grams
Diameter: 17.65 millimetres


Mintage Figures

Reverse Design

Design Details

 Year   

Mintage
(millions)

 Mint* 

Australian One Cent - Reverse                                         

 1966-1990
 A representation of a feather tailed glider
designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin

1966

1966

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

146.5

239.0

26.6

110.0

19.9

87.7

72.6

102.5

82.4

140.7

131.7

134.8

172.9

153.4

97.3

130.3

137.9

183.6

40.3

134.3

205.6

74.7

45.9

RAM

RMM

RMP

RMM

RMM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

RMLL

RAM

RAM

RAM

RAM

 

No one cent coins were produced in 1986

1986

-

-

 

 

1987

1988

1989

1990

127.0

108.4

168.4

133.3

RAM

RAM

RAM

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; RMM = Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch; RMP = Royal Mint, Perth Branch; RMLL = Royal Mint, Llantrisant